It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

Today on Global Waste Picker Day, we explore the problem of solid waste management in the Gaza Strip and how it is compounded by poverty, unemployment, and severe restrictions imposed on residents…

Amal Faltas |

About a decade ago, we started a project to improve solid waste management for waste pickers like Ibrahim and the 840, 000 people in the southern West Bank governorates of Bethlehem and Hebron.…

Amal Faltas |

Also available in: Español Macro models aim to better track the ripple of jobs generated throughout the economy from private sector investments and interventions. Photo: Yang Aijun / World Bank  …

Camilo Mondragon-Velez |

Also available in: 中文 ​While the need for housing is widespread, individually people have different needs—depending on whether they are single, married, senior citizens, families with children, or…

Luis Triveno, Ellen Hamilton |

I was quite intrigued by the findings of the latest Europe and Central Asia Economic Update, with its special focus on "Polarization and Populism". As Program Leader for the South…

Genevieve Boyreau |

“Within two days, I was able to hire the right people from the right locations” -- Employer using Souktel In West Bank and Gaza, women are 19 percent of the total labor force (figure 1). But among…

Indhira Santos, Saori Imaizumi |

In many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and in fact around the world, teachers—who play a pivotal role in any effort to improve education quality—have not been officially…

Kamel Braham |

This is the third in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.Puzzling Results: Economists tend to believe that travel and trade costs reduce welfare. Trade papers like Irwin (…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

A former hotel owner in one of the region’s major cities, who wants to remain anonymous, tells a story that should have had a happy ending. Her 40-room hotel was doing well. It had built a…

Marc Schiffbauer |