When you have to redo your literature review for a “revise and resubmit, ” you know two things: first, the publishing process in economics is slow, and second, the evidence is accumulating fast in…

Berk Ozler |

Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

Betty teaches mothers with small children about nutrition, Uganda. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank In a large, complex, or urgent situation, the command goes out: “All hands on deck!” Sub-…

Emmanuel Skoufias |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

With increased urbanization, Malawi’s cities produce a high amount of solid waste, but lack the resources to process it all. Photo Credit: Faith Tsoka. Malawi, a small country in Africa, has a…

Hestings M’bawa |

Malawi IHS4 Enumerator administering household questionnaire using World Bank Survey Solutions Photo credit: Heather Moylan, World Bank The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in…

Heather Moylan, Talip Kilic |

Children in Koutoukalé, Niger Have you ever wondered how your life chances are affected by where you were born? Odds of being born at all are already miraculously small, but only one in ten of us…

Maximilian Leo Hirn, Aude-Sophie Rodella |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |