I was back in Baku recently, after a 9 year gap, and guess what I recognized first? Yes, those famous pounding winds – immortalized in the city’s ancient Persian name of Bādkube – or “city of…

Tako Kobakhidze |

هذه المدونة متوفرة باللغات التالية: English "بإدخال نظام آلي لإدارة خدمة العملاء، نكون قد لففنا حبلا حول أعناقنا. فقد أصبحنا الآن خاضعين للمساءلة". هذه الملحوظة لأحد المديرين بالمرفق…

Zahid Hasnain |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World…

Zahid Hasnain |

Vivimos en un mundo interconectado que se basa en datos. Los inversores, al igual que muchos otros profesionales, dependen cada vez más de los datos para tomar decisiones fundamentadas acerca de…

Joaquim Levy |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

In an era of chronically slow economic growth, what steps can policymakers take to help jump-start productivity, spur employment and build long-term wealth? Recognizing that the private sector …

Christopher Colford |

Photo: State Committee on Property Issues of Azerbaijan Republic I recently had the opportunity to see the mobile offices run by the State Service for the Registration of Real Estate (SSRRE) of…

Victoria Stanley |

The SAFE Trust Fund application (Word document) is now open until 27 February 2015.  What is SAFE?   SAFE means Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment. It is a Trust Fund group…

Soukeyna Kane |

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 |

This week in Doha, the marble corridors of the Qatar National Convention Center resonate with voices from around the world. Over half way through the UN Climate Change Conference, as ministers…

Rachel Kyte |