On the morning of December 5th, Michael Nebelung, the Yemen Country Director for Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a German development organization, went to the hospital in…

Wael Zakout |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |

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Inger Andersen |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

This Blog was originally posted on the World Bank Voices Blog.  The National Dialogue is an important moment in Yemen’s rich history.  It has brought together political parties, social groups,…

Junaid Kamal Ahmad |

“You are a Bangladeshi. Did your country benefit from seceding from Pakistan?” I was recently invited to meet with members of the Yemeni National Dialogue who are debating the future of the state…

Junaid Kamal Ahmad |

In a conservative society where the majority of men believe that the role of women should be confined to domestic work within the household, Yemeni women are attempting to break the chains of…

Ebrahim Al-Harazi |

The Middle East and North Africa region is on the front lines of climate change.  According to the World Bank report Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 ͦ C Warmer World Must be Avoided (WB, 2012), the…

Simon Thacker |

I am here this week in Majuro in the Marshall Islands – where leaders from the Pacific Island Forum have gathered to discuss the impacts of climate change and to push for global action to mitigate…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Originally published on the World Bank 'Voices: Perspectives on Development' blog   When I heard the news last autumn that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan had been shot simply…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |