East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Photo:  Northern Beaches Hospital | New South Wales Ministry of Health The way that social infrastructure is being built and paid for is changing. New healthcare facilities, prisons, and public…

Simile Karasavidis |

Within a few weeks of the disaster, the tents, half a dozen of them, were lined up along a creek where houses with bamboo walls and nipa roofs had once stood. They were brand new… and empty. They…

Markus Kostner |

Fire has been a part of India’s landscape since time immemorial. Every year, forest fires rage through nearly every state, ravaging more than half of India’s districts. Today, with growing…

Christopher Sall |

About this series More blog posts The social inclusion of disadvantaged groups is necessary for reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity, said government representatives, experts, and civil…

Lauri Sivonen |

Also available in Myanmar (.pdf)   In our previous post, we discussed some of the major land-related challenges facing Myanmar’s transition and development. In fact, resolving outstanding land…

Anna Wellenstein |

About this series More blog posts Poverty and isolation create a host of development challenges for Myanmar's rural communities, from poor road connections to lack of clean water and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Nikolas Win Myint |

Myanmar’s people are its greatest resource. Its current young population and growing number of productive workers hold the promise of a demographic dividend and inclusive growth. With a steady…

Hnin Pyne |


So I just returned from a terrific mission to Myanmar and Laos, two countries experiencing strong annual growth rates, and both facing challenges of making rapid growth inclusive and just…

Susan Wong |

Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia & Pacific on his Visit to Chin State, Myanmar Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia & the Pacific, visited…

Axel van Trotsenburg |