The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

With apologies in advance to initiatives in a handful of other countries considered world leaders in this area (including Costa Rica, Namibia, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil): Of all the programs in…

Michael Trucano |

I've just returned from country Australia evaluating the impact of one of the World Bank's (WB) recent development programs in the region. A WB initiative on the ground in Australia?…

Tomas Martin Ernst |

US-based migrants may find it much harder to opt for formal channels in sending money to needy family members overseas because of an increasing tendency on the part of a number of US banks to…

Jacqueline Irving |

When participating in discussions with officials planning for the use of computers and the Internet in schools in many developing countries,  I am struck by how child Internet safety issues are…

Michael Trucano |

On the eve of the 2009 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, Bank President Robert Zoellick called on world leaders to reshape the multilateral system and forge a “responsible globalization”—one that…

Angie Gentile |

I thought that seeing zoo animals would have prepared me for seeing these unfettered beasts at close quarters, but I was completely wrong. They are HUGE. I’d seen the video, read the book, heard…

Tony Whitten |

The author, Sophie Bathurst of Australia, won first place in an international youth essay competition sponsored by the World Bank and other partners. She answered the question "How can you…

Sophie Bathurst |

I had heard that the world spent less on energy R&D than on pet food, so I decided to check. Actually, it's worse than that.    Photo © Sophielouise at Dreamstime Worldwide energy R&D…

Marianne Fay |