Sri Lanka's population is young now, but getting older quickly. What does this demographic transition mean to you and for Sri Lanka?Join a live chat Jan. 7 on the World Bank Sri Lanka…

Dilinika Peiris |

In country after country in Sub-Saharan Africa, new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral deposits have been making headlines every other week it seems. When Ghana’s Jubilee oil field hits…

Makhtar Diop |

Hot on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Bopha lashed the shores of the Philippines earlier this month, leaving 900 dead and 80, 000 homeless. Extreme weather is becoming the norm. The World…

Mabruk Kabir |

Development economists know that how husbands and wives make decisions affects many outcomes: savings, time use, and investment in education, health,

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In the Kenyan village of Naro Moro in the foothills of Mount Kenya near lush forests, I recently met Josephine Wanjiru and other members of a women’s group she leads. The transformation in their…

Juliet Pumpuni |

“The World Bank is organizing an art show?” My neighbor seemed stunned. He has just got to know me, since I moved to India only in early September. To him I am the economist who moved to India…

Onno Ruhl |

À première vue il n’y en a guère… Et pourtant, toilettes et téléphones portables ont en commun de pouvoir contribuer à la satisfaction des besoins des plus démunis et à l’éradication de la…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

For a number of years, a majority of South Asians have been painfully aware that climate change is real and, if left unfettered, has the potential to reverse the significant gains the region has…

Charles Cormier |

They both hold the potential to help meet the needs of the poor and end poverty. New ideas and innovative solutions are critical to address the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

Also available in English Desde la Gran Recesión de 2008, existe un sentimiento generalizado de malestar entre la clase media norteamericana. Sus ingresos están prácticamente estancados, los…

Francisco Ferreira |