This is the fifteenth in our series of job market posts this year.    For better or for worse, social norms have profound influence on many of the decisions we make—from political to personal.…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

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 |

Former Bougainvillean combatant, now cocoa farmer, Timothy Konovai (right) tries out VR for the first time (Photo: World Bank / Alana Holmberg)

Tom Perry |

A woman farmer works fields in the Conde’ community of Morro da Bango, Angola. © Anita Baumann The challenges faced by small farmers are similar across the developing world – pests, diseases and…

Teodoro De Jesus Xavier Poulson |

Since 2011, when floods destroyed the bridge that once stood here, the only way members of this Ibadan community can cross the river is by walking across it when the water is low. As the river…

Salim Rouhana, Ivan Bruce |

Photo: © Masaru Goto / World Bank

Quentin Wodon |

There is no doubt a significant financing gap exists for investments in infrastructure in emerging markets and developing economies, a gap that stands in the way of funding projects crucial to…

Jason Zhengrong Lu |

Left, Dr Oluwole Odutolu, Senior Health Specialist, with officials of Osun State Ministry of Health after they received their initial disbursement check from the Minister of Health. As I witnessed…

Temitope Akintunde |

A professor teaching cell biology and biochemistry at a university in Africa. (Stephan Gladieu / World Bank) Happy UN Day for South –South Cooperation!   Investment in skills is vital to economic…

Rama George-Alleyne |

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s observation that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  For many of us, we could also add physical disability…

Chris Bennett |