Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

Here are 7 things you need to know about taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

Ceren Ozer |

Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

The Asia-Pacific region, comprised of 58 economies, is geographically expansive and a picture of diversity. The trends for sustainable energy in Asia-Pacific, which mirror the region’s economic…

Sharmila Bellur |

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, it marked the beginning of the world’s largest ever sanitation drive. Now, a 2017 survey by the Quality Council of…

Guangzhe CHEN, Vinita Ranade |

History repeats, history rhymes and sometimes history regresses. Wandering through cities and fields in the Middle East and North Africa a thousand years ago, you would have been struck by the…

Torgny Holmgren |

Mongolian    Mother and son in front of their family ger. (Photo: Khasar Sandag / World Bank) International Children’s Day is celebrated in Mongolia as an official holiday. I could see that it…

Rabia Ali, Pagma Genden |

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, or IDAHOT.   Why should we care about IDAHOT? Because sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, matters.   [[…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Clifton Cortez |

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 |