Former Bougainvillean combatant, now cocoa farmer, Timothy Konovai (right) tries out VR for the first time (Photo: World Bank / Alana Holmberg)

Tom Perry |

"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending…

Xavier Devictor, Quy-Toan Do |

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s observation that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  For many of us, we could also add physical disability…

Chris Bennett |

  Just fourteen projects in energy, transport and water/sanitation.  In only eight countries. Totaling $2.7 billion.   There are 56 IDA countries (excluding three “inactive” and a few rich enough…

Laurence Carter |

In a world of slow growth and very low interest rates in most major economies, there is increasing interest in infrastructure development. Building quality infrastructure helps spur economic…

Joaquim Levy |

  Gas pipeline, Ukraine. Photo: Dmytro Glazkov / World Bank “If we hope to strengthen our security and control our own foreign policy, we can offer no less of a commitment to energy independence…

Olga Bielkova |

Surrounded by water, Nanngu’s taps have been without drinking water for the past 20 years. With the throttle at full tilt, the boat cut through the surf, spraying salt water into the air.  Around…

Evan Wasuka |

My father is a long-distance trucker based in Belarus. As a young girl, I spent long hours on the road with him. I loved traveling to neighboring and faraway cities and—even though I could barely…

Alena Sakhonchik |

This is a guest blog written by Dawn Duhaney of the Open Data Institute.  When discussing openness and transparency in government, it would be easy to imagine countries like India and Ukraine have…

Dawn Duhaney |

In an era of chronically slow economic growth, what steps can policymakers take to help jump-start productivity, spur employment and build long-term wealth? Recognizing that the private sector …

Christopher Colford |