Children work in their classroom. Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World Bank “Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that…

Samuel Berlinski |

​Photo: Laura B. Rawlings / World Bank It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard…

Andrea Vermehren, Josh Martin, Laura B. Rawlings |

University students at a laboratory. Photo: Nafise Motlaq / World Bank This week I was invited to speak at The Economist’s Higher Education Forum in New York to share my thoughts on how higher…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

Thousands of young entrepreneurs from 43 countries across the world took part in a series of online and onsite dialogues as part of the Road to Lima 2015 activities. The inclusion of youth in such…

Luis Viguria |

Graduation—a long-awaited day in most students' lives. Yet, according to Amir Fakih, himself a recent graduate from Lebanon’s Notre Dame University, a graduation ceremony also comes with…

Christine Petré |

Choosing a college or university is one of life’s pivotal decisions—it can influence your career and future opportunities. For students in the Middle East and North Africa, as elsewhere, that…

Simon Thacker |

Also available in: Español | العربية In high-income countries, learning outcomes have improved as a result of an intervention that increases transparency and accountability through the use of test…

Harry A. Patrinos, Rafael de Hoyos, Vicente Garcia-Moreno |

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 |

​Many parts of the development community have long embraced the following narrative: When nations are young and poor, they are willing to sacrifice natural resources—dirtying their water and their…

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana |