Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

Robert Allen’s recent AER paper on “Absolute Poverty: When Necessity Displaces Desire” is a fascinating read, on many levels. The paper uses linear programming (LP) to compute (four variants of)…

Francisco Ferreira |

Also available in Arabic.  In Jordan, only 14% of women are in the labor market, and job opportunities for them are scarce. (Photo: Mohamed Essa / IFC) Many countries struggle with creating more…

Michelle Davis |

Global positioning systems (GPS), real time traffic maps, accurate weather forecasts, Uber, self-driving cars… [[tweetable]]Geospatial data is on full display 24/7 throughout the world these days…

Anna Wellenstein, Wael Zakout |

Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is…

Wael Zakout |

There are currently 66 million people forcibly displaced across the globe, 26 million fleeing their countries as refugees and 40 million internally displaced - the worst such crisis since World…

Omer Karasapan |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Also available in: Français | العربية Photo: Artit Wongpradu / Shutterstock.com Islamic finance has been growing rapidly across the globe. According to a recent report by the Islamic Financial…

Clive Harris, Ashraf Bouajina |

The Sorek Desalination Plant is the world's biggest seawater desalination plant. We’re used to talking about how the failure to invest in water management can impede economic growth, but the…

Scott Michael Moore |

Photo: Ashim D'silva | Unsplash  From “Billions to Trillions”, to the Hamburg Principles and Ambitions, to Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD), [[tweetable]]mobilizing private capital to…

Towfiqua Hoque |