In the 1960s, black and white individuals in the United States had radically different labor market outcomes. In 1962, the unemployment rate for African-Americans was 13 percent while it was only…

Mamtoai puts her blue token key into the slot of the standpost and out flows water. It is an early spring morning in October and the sun shines brightly in Lower Ha Thetsane, an area of Maseru,…

Louise Croneborg |

Thousands of Basotho joined HM King Letsie III last Friday at the inauguration of a state-of-the-art hospital in Maseru, Lesotho. The new hospital, together with its three filter clinics, is…

Ritva Reinikka |

The Goldridge Mine pit in Solomon Islands History records that the first European to come to Solomon Islands, Alvaro De Mendana, in 1568 gave the archipelago its name because he believed this area…

Alison Ofotalau |

Niagara Falls.  "The Canadian side is better, more developed. They have better hotels." "Sorry, but we need a visa to enter Canada." "I forgot. The kids are okay, they are…

Dilip Ratha |

The following piece appeared as a guest blog in the UK's Guardian this past week. A good public education system means public spending – but not necessarily public provision. In OECD…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Obiageli Ezekwesili (c) with South Sudan President Salva Kiir (r). Photo: Laura Kullenberg, The World Bank 4:00 AM: I wake up this morning in Nairobi unusually excited and think to myself, “today…

Obiageli Ezekwesili |

Given the massive debate in the U.S. about government health insurance, the just released results of a new experiment are justly making headlines. In 2004, the state of Oregon, due to budgetary…

David McKenzie |

Map courtesy of Wikipedia through a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Taking development to the outlying provinces of Solomon Islands is not an easy ride. I found this…

Alison Ofotalau |

I was recently invited to a panel discussion to comment on the movie ‘With My Own Two Wheels’  (http://www.withmyowntwowheels.org) which illustrates…

Julie Babinard |