With more jobs and competitiveness in mind, many economies worldwide have simplified their business start-up rules and regulations over recent years. Since the first Doing Business report was…

Frederic Meunier, Nadia Novik, Cyriane Coste, Erick Tjong |

The true test is whether open data leads to improvements in public services. Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, celebrated its 130th anniversary in November. But that’s not its only milestone: This…

Eva Clemente, Jean Paulo Gil Barroca |

Aerial shot of Bazaruto's clear blue waters. Photo: Andre Aquino/World Bank An innovative World Bank project with a co-management agreement hopes to make conservation more equitable in one of…

André Rodrigues de Aquino, Carmen Lahoz Rallo |

A bypass under construction in Lilongwe. A sign that Malawi is inching its way forward. Photo: Govati Nyirenda/World Bank A new Country Economic Memorandum gives us a chance to step back and look…

Richard Record, Priscilla Kandoole |

Rapid progress in digital technology, behavioral economics, evaluation methods, and the connectivity of youth in the developing world generates a stream of real-time insights and opportunities in…

Namita Datta, Jose Manuel Romero |

Photo: Dane Macri/The Advocacy Project via Flickr CC. The relationship between poverty and disability goes both ways: [[tweetable]]disability increases the risk of poverty[[/tweetable]], and[[…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s…

Margaret Miller |

Community Officials pre-testing Survey Solutions Application during training session in Maputo Special Reserve. Photo by Davi Moreira, World Bank M&E Specialist What kind of information do you…

Davi Cordeiro Moreira |

A man holds his family's "red book, " the land use rights certificate in Vietnam, which includes both his and his wife's names. (Photo by Chau Doan / World Bank) Ground-…

Jorge Muñoz |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |