When is the rigorous impact evaluation of development projects a luxury, and when is it a necessity? This is a question asked in a new paper examing the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), a high…

Michael Trucano |

This month Homi Kharas and I published a book titled “Delivering Aid Differently – Lessons from the Field”. We launched the book yesterday at the University of Nairobi.  Here is a summary of the…

Wolfgang Fengler |

This morning, 69 million children would not have gone to school around the world. And of those who did, many did not learn what they should have. It is a good thing that education has such…

Kavita Watsa |

More than 3 billion people in the world today don’t have access to savings accounts. Many of these 3 billion fall below the less-than-$2-per-day benchmark of the world’s poorest people. Why are…

Ignacio Mas |

This week, the World Bank launched its second Kenya Economic Update. We have been positively surprised to see such a strong uptake of our previous report and were pleased to have a full house at…

Wolfgang Fengler |

A free and independent media plays an important role in monitoring public servants and holding them accountable for their actions.  In this way they promote transparency and accountability within…

Tanya Gupta |

In their discussions this weekend, the Development Committee will be assessing five strategic priorities for the Bank in a post-crisis environment. Gender is considered a cross-cutting issue that…

  Today is World Water Day, a good time to ponder the impacts of global climate change on water availability and quality. Julia Bucknall was part of a team of experts from the WDR2010 and the…

Julia Bucknall |

In Ethiopia, Humbo mountain is thriving after early regeneration efforts. Photo © World Vision What are the obstacles to implementing carbon projects in Africa? This was the question underlying …

Isabel Hagbrink |