East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Caldwell |

Construction of a sky train in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Seksan Pipattanatikanunt/World Bank In the past, procurement (purchasing) was not considered to be a specialist function but one of the…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

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 |

Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’…

Deborah Wetzel |

حين تفكر في البحر الكاريبي، تقفز إلى خاطرك صورة السماء الصحوة والشواطئ الخلابة. غير أن تلك المياه اللازوردية تخفي وراءها تاريخا يتعلق بزواج القاصرات، إنها ممارسة لاتزال مستمرة في مختلف أرجاء…

كافيل جوزيف |

Street scene in Delmas, Haiti “Plantain nu eat like rice” — a Caribbean saying roughly translated as “Make do with what is available to you” — applies to the region’s experience with public-…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

The challenge of moving from conflict and fragility to resilience and growth is immense. More than half of the countries counted as low income have experienced conflict in the last decade. Twenty…

Laura Ralston |

(Photo by Chico Ferreira, available under a Creative Commons license - CC-BY-2.0)

Kerry Natelege Crawford |