In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

At the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia, the World Bank highlighted the importance of human capital for economic development.   Central to…

Julia Liberman, Rachel Cooper, Victoria Levin |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on…

Michael Crawford |

For three days this month, the West African nation of Senegal was in the spotlight of global efforts to combat climate change and improve education in a rapidly changing world. French President…

Jim Yong Kim |

A conversation with Dr. Ibrahima Giroux, Senegal’s Early Years Fellow   The demand for expertise in the area of early childhood development is increasing in Africa. But this demand is not being…

Noreyana Fernando |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

  Despite notable gains in expanding access, countries in West Africa still face a great challenge in providing a quality education for all. Photo: Ami Vitale / The World Bank Quality education is…

Raja Bentaouet Kattan |