It’s a cold spring day in Baku, and several students from Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) are huddled around a laptop trying to project an image onto their classroom wall.  …

Igor Kheyfets, Naveed Hassan Naqvi |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

I have always believed that communities are like musical instruments. You need to tune them properly to hear their divine music. I actually heard this music from rural communities in India. And…

Ahmed Ailyev |

I was back in Baku recently, after a 9 year gap, and guess what I recognized first? Yes, those famous pounding winds – immortalized in the city’s ancient Persian name of Bādkube – or “city of…

Tako Kobakhidze |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World…

Zahid Hasnain |

Photo: State Committee on Property Issues of Azerbaijan Republic I recently had the opportunity to see the mobile offices run by the State Service for the Registration of Real Estate (SSRRE) of…

Victoria Stanley |

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 |

Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) is an interesting region because what you expect is not always what exists. Since this is written in honor of International Women's Day, discussing…

Sarosh Sattar |