Also available in: Français│ Español I recently returned from a trip to West Africa during which I crossed the Benin-Nigeria border by car at the Seme border post. While waiting for our passports…

Cecile Fruman |

World Bank Vice President for East Asia Invites the Public to Discuss the Future of Vietnam World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg invites everyone to join a…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Photo: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank Whenever aid and development money is involved, one question consistently emerges: How do you make sure it does not fall on the wrong hands, and be victims of…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

Your name is Sarah. You live in New York, or perhaps Nairobi, where you divide your time between caring for your young family and building a small business. Your life is more comfortable than your…

Caren Grown |

A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program Sanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease,…

Parameswaran Iyer |

If you are working on an urban water project, what information do you need?  You likely want to know what your project’s water utility knows. How else can you start talking to each other to have a…

Alexander Danilenko |

Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank After months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally…

An Thi My Tran |

Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China.…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

This week, Vietnam will host the twelfth ASEAN Health Minister’s Meeting in Hanoi. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is likely to take center-stage in discussions, both formal and informal, among…

Aparnaa Somanathan |

The impact of the Great Recession on Latvia was severe. Between 2008 and 2010, GDP fell by 21 percent, 11 percent of the workforce lost their jobs, and poverty nearly doubled, to 18 percent. This…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad, Rasmus Heltberg |