I am the World Bank’s Director for the Western Balkans, and I live in Vienna, Austria, where thousands of refugees, mostly fleeing from conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, are now straggling across…

Ellen Goldstein |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

​ See the inforgraphic in high resolution here. Designed by Boris Balabanov, World Bank Let’s say on a dark, cold day, electricity supply to your house is suddenly interrupted. With no heat and…

Ravi Kumar |

Teksti i mesazhit që qeveria u dërgon qytetarëve në përpjekje për të parandaluar korrupsionin. Qytetarët shqiptarë që kohët e fundit kanë marrë shërbim në një spital shtetëror kanë gjasa të marrin…

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti |

English translation of the text message that the government sends to citizens to in an attempt to prevent corruption. Albanian citizens who recently received treatment at a state-run hospital are…

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti |

There is a wide range of issues to address when initiating and implementing a country’s national program for public-private partnerships (PPPs). One of the first priorities is providing an…

Christina Paul |

The small, open economies of the Western Balkans* are at various stages of progress on three transitions: the transition to market economy, the transition to EU membership, and the transition to…

Ivailo Izvorski |

View of Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: David Davidson/flickr Geographically and historically, Azerbaijan has often been at the crossroads: of trade routes, cultures, and influences. From a telecom…

Natalija Gelvanovska-Garcia, Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond |

The SAFE Trust Fund application (Word document) is now open until 27 February 2015.  What is SAFE?   SAFE means Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment. It is a Trust Fund group…

Soukeyna Kane |

Can we envision a time when we will no longer be surprised to hear that a woman is leading an energy or technology company? Can closing the gender gap in leadership, especially in male-dominated…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |