Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

Rubi’s Story: Exulted, Rubi ran home. As fast as her fifteen-year-old legs could carry her, she ran, exam in hand, excited to share the results with her family. The results, she believed, would…

Lucia Hanmer |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

Increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that create this technology. In many places there are barriers to simply using…

Mariana Dahan, Melanie Walker |

In the state of Chiapas, Mexico — where nearly 1 million people live in moderate to extreme poverty — bus fares have been too high, and the availability of buses has been limited. Over four years…

Marialisa Motta, Martha Martinez Licetti |

What goes up must come down. The end of the commodities boom is a wake-up call for Indonesia, as the reversal in economic transformation has adversely impacted employment growth in recent years.…

Maria Monica Wihardja |

The most important word in "public policy" is "public" — the people affected by the choices of policymakers. But who are these people? And what do they care most about?…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Since it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal has been one of the world’s most important trade assets and a marvel of engineering. Its expansion has doubled the canal’s cargo capacity, adding a new…

Philippe H. Le Houérou |

The so-called “Panama Papers” scandal reminds us that concealing wealth and avoiding tax payments is neither uncommon nor — in many cases — illegal. But the embarrassing leak exposes something…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Photo: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Shutterstock In an effort to harness the benefits of urbanization and improve the living conditions of the urban poor, Latin American countries have experimented with…

Luis Triveno |