Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

Students in Korea (Photo: World Bank) Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality. It also lays the basis for sustained growth.  Better schooling…

Harry A. Patrinos |

The highest performing countries are paying extra attention to the quality of their teachers. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank) The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational…

Marguerite Clarke |

illuminating things in Seoul Earlier this month, the Korea Education Research & Information Service (KERIS) hosted the tenth annual Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education in Seoul. For the…

Michael Trucano |

The capital city of Shimla is built on the mountain slopes of the state of Himachal Pradesh. On the streets of Shimla, residents stare at a strange group of visitors. The group looks and acts…

Jie-ae Sohn |

This question is particularly relevant in the context of traditional public agricultural extension services. Expensive and burdened by high rates of under-staffing and low levels of accountability…

Maria Jones, Florence Kondylis |

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, Korea  Photo: Mark Pegrum Can a sustainable water sector be developed simultaneously with a country’s growth? Can the water sector continue to expand and achieve…

Alexander Danilenko, Aroha Bahuguna |

Photo credit: STARS/Flickr Enabling a robust market for information and communications technologies (ICTs) is fundamental to rebuilding fragile and conflict affected states (FCSs) and addressing…

Mark Jamison |

Image: CC Pixabay South Korea today has the fourth largest economy in Asia, is a member of the OECD’s “Rich Club, ” and is part of the G20.  Despite sharp economic shocks emanating from the Asian…

Simon Bell |