A new report focuses on how Southeast Asia can overcome the still very significant barriers to the expansion of its digital economy.

Boutheina Guermazi, Natasha Beschorner |

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 |

Available in Myanmar Successful development is about making a reality of aspirations and ambitious ideas through effective implementation – Myanmar can achieve just that for its people by…

Shabih Ali Mohib, Soren Davidsen, Robert Boothe |

For the first time in history, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

L’accès à des emplois de qualité est la voie la plus sûre pour sortir de la pauvreté. Des études montrent que la hausse des salaires a permis de faire reculer de 30 à 50 % la pauvreté sur la…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Los buenos empleos son la vía más eficaz para salir de la pobreza. Investigaciones señalan (i) que el aumento de los salarios representa del 30 % al 50 % de la caída en los niveles de pobreza (i)…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

لأول مرة في التاريخ ينخفض عدد من يعيشون في فقر مدقع إلى أقل من 10 في المائة. ولم يكن العالم مطلقا طموحا بشأن التنمية كما هو اليوم. وبعد اعتماد أهداف التنمية المستدامة وتوقيع اتفاق باريس للمناخ في…

سري مولياني إندراواتي |

How do you help a burgeoning democracy like Myanmar with its transition to a market-based economy after 50 years of isolation, poor infrastructure and limited capacity for reform? You do it by  …

Cecile Fruman |

Myanmar is embarking on a triple transition: from an authoritarian military system to democratic governance; from a centrally directed economy to market oriented reforms; and from several decades…

Zhentu Liu |

A collection of photos in the Champassak provincial office of Électricité du Laos shows the blue-shirted employees in action. Photo: Naazneen Barma/The World Bank The hallways of the Électricité…

Naazneen Barma |