This is the fourteenth in our series of job market posts this year.  Despite massive increases in school enrolment in developing countries, learning levels have lagged behind. But the range in…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

International assessments aren’t perfect but they offer useful insights into how countries can help all students learn to high levels. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank) Results for the…

Marguerite Clarke |

People who look at the Doing Business report’s Trading Across Borders indicator and the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) often wonder why one country can perform well on one of the rankings but…

Valentina Saltane, Dorina Georgieva |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |

My visit to Lao PDR this week has convinced me that this nation is moving toward the right path to sustained economic growth, which could lead to less poverty and better lives for all of its…

Victoria Kwakwa |

In the past decade, the Islamic finance industry has grown at double digits despite the weak global economic environment. By 2020, the Islamic finance industry is projected to reach $3 trillion in…

José de Luna-Martínez, Sergio Campillo Diaz |

Will cash and checks still exist 15 or 20 years from now given the increasing digitization of money? Is the smartphone our new bank? Will many people working in the financial sector industry lose…

José de Luna-Martínez, Wei Zhang |

As we commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of #Poverty and #Vietnam’s Day for the Poor today, think what’s the most important question you want to ask about reducing poverty in…

Ousmane Dione |

Việt Nam đã đạt được những thành tựu ấn tượng về phát triển và hàng triệu người đã thoát nghèo. Nhưng vẫn còn nhiều thách thức. Hôm nay, khi chúng ta kỷ niệm ngày Quốc tế về Xóa nghèo và Ngày Vì…

Ousmane Dione |

College students in Vietnam. © World Bank As in much of the rest of the developing world, developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) have made progress in closing many gender…

Sudhir Shetty |