A vibrant private sector - with firms investing, creating jobs, and improving productivity - is absolutely essential for promoting growth and expanding opportunities. In order to support the…

Matija Laco |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |

The Roma make up Europe’s largest and poorest ethnic group, with three-quarters of their estimated 10 to 12 million people living in poverty, and fewer than one in three having a job. The Roma are…

Maria Davalos, Indhira Santos, Patti Petesch, Giorgia DeMarchi |

Sovereign difficulties have divided financial markets in the Euro area, thereby increasing differences in bank lending rates across countries. Policy makers in both Brussels and Frankfurt are…

Matija Laco |

Villagers at Ban Nongbuakham, Thakek District, Khammouane Province, Lao PDR. Check out more photos here   ​You can see it in the smiles on the faces of villagers in Ban Nam Jing, two hours outside…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

I recently visited a math classroom in Frumusani, Romania, where half of the students are Roma. It's critically important for all countries to invest in education in order to stay competitive…

Jim Yong Kim |

The clearance of imports and exports by customs and other agencies are among the most problematic links in global supply chains. They are frequently blamed for undermining the capacity of…

Gerard McLinden |

Photo: ElishaCasas, Flickr Creative CommonsAn increasing number of countries are developing national strategies for financial education and implementing programs to enhance people’s financial…

Siegfried Zottel |

Manothip met her first customers at an entrepreneurship fair for young people in Laos. How does one turn a creative idea into a profitable business? In my case, it started with a bag.

Manothip Siripaphanh_1 |

Many of the hardest hit countries during the recent financial crisis were in Eastern Europe — and now the prospect of a "jobless recovery" is a real concern. Although the level of output…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier |