Decades of civil war and political fragmentation have made Somalia one of the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly seven of 10 Somalis live in poverty, the sixth-highest rate in the…

Utz Pape, Wendy Karamba |

The word "convenience" in the single-use plastics context, needs urgent redefinition, especially in the East Asia region where several countries top the list in terms of plastics leaking…

Özgül Calicioglu |

This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |

Liberia strived to enhance the capacity of its national statistical system so it could track the progress of the country’s development. In making an effort to improve the capacity of its…

Sun Hwa Song, Masako Hiraga |

Empowering women in Malaysia by promoting economic opportunities for them can go a long way towards fulfilling the country’s development potential.

Achim Schmillen, Mei Ling Tan |

The Critical Occupations List in Malaysia monitors occupational shortages and addresses these gaps for the future of the country’s labor market.

Harry Edmund Moroz |

Malaysia has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty, but it is now time for the country to raise official poverty standards as other middle- and high-income countries have done.

Kenneth Simler |

Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

With new regulatory reforms in place, Malaysia is set to benefit from faster Internet connections for all its citizens, closing the gap in Internet speed with leading countries.

Siddhartha Raja, Richard Record |

As the country gears up to work on its 12th Malaysia Plan, its rich experience in national development planning for the past 60 years provides key lessons to consider.

Deryck Brown, Jeevakumar Govindasamy |