When I recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I spoke with several government officials in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs who told me about the many problems encountered by their…

Neil Ruiz |

The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

I've just returned from country Australia evaluating the impact of one of the World Bank's (WB) recent development programs in the region. A WB initiative on the ground in Australia?…

Tomas Martin Ernst |

Written with Paulo Nobre Both authors are with the Center for Earth System Science, INPE, Brazil At present, there are a number of early warning systems based on seasonal-to-interannual climate…

Carlos A. Nobre |

I thought that seeing zoo animals would have prepared me for seeing these unfettered beasts at close quarters, but I was completely wrong. They are HUGE. I’d seen the video, read the book, heard…

Tony Whitten |

The author, Sophie Bathurst of Australia, won first place in an international youth essay competition sponsored by the World Bank and other partners. She answered the question "How can you…

Sophie Bathurst |

 It's been four years since the The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project (known then as the '$100 laptop) was announced.   According to recent unconfirmed news reports from India,  one …

Michael Trucano |

Three African ministers shared their experience with Bank officials on Thursday when they met to discuss ways to develop capacity in post-conflict countries.  “We are here to listen—tell us how we…

Nina Vucenik |