Gender discrimination in provision of finance can prevent women from exploiting their entrepreneurial potential. Previous non-experimental evidence suggests that guarantor requirements may be a…

Ralph De Haas, J Michelle Brock |

Turkey is home to the largest number of refugees in the world. It hosts nearly 4 million refugees, of which about 3.6 million originate from Syria.

P. Facundo Cuevas, Aysha Twose |

Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan. © littlesam/Shutterstock [[tweetable]]In many developing countries, there are glaring gaps in the quantity of infrastructure per capita.[[/tweetable]] For…

Joaquim Levy, Zamir Iqbal |

Also available in: Español | Français  Financial inclusion is on the rise globally. The third edition of the Global Findex data released last week shows that worldwide 1.2 billion adults have…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Ceilings on lending rates remain a widely-used instrument in many EMDEs as well as developed economies. The economic and political rationale for putting ceilings on lending rates is to protect…

Aurora Ferrari, Oliver Masetti |

Photo: Scaling Solar project in Zambia What is a common thread between Argentina, Maldives, and Zambia? In each of these countries, the World Bank provided guarantees to support transparent…

Arnaud Braud |

Also available in: Français | العربية Photo: Artit Wongpradu / Shutterstock.com Islamic finance has been growing rapidly across the globe. According to a recent report by the Islamic Financial…

Clive Harris, Ashraf Bouajina |

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Tariq Khokhar |

© Thinkstock It was ten years ago, right before the global crisis when Lehman Brothers had not collapsed, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had not been placed into conservatorship. For debt managers…

M. Coskun Cangoz |

Many countries are experiencing urbanization within the context of increased decentralization and fiscal adjustment. This puts sub-national entities (local governments, utilities and state-owned…

Kirti Devi, Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |