Students in Korea (Photo: World Bank) Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality. It also lays the basis for sustained growth.  Better schooling…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

The highest performing countries are paying extra attention to the quality of their teachers. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank) The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational…

Marguerite Clarke |

illuminating things in Seoul Earlier this month, the Korea Education Research & Information Service (KERIS) hosted the tenth annual Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education in Seoul. For the…

Michael Trucano |

Photo Credit: Myxi via Flickr Creative Commons License In our last post, we highlighted a few examples of the innovative organizational structures that institutional investors have created to more…

Michael Bennon, Rajiv Sharma |

The capital city of Shimla is built on the mountain slopes of the state of Himachal Pradesh. On the streets of Shimla, residents stare at a strange group of visitors. The group looks and acts…

Jie-ae Sohn |

"We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes—and every one of them was an immigrant, " U.S. President Barack Obama recently said after the Nobel…

Bassam Sebti |

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, Korea  Photo: Mark Pegrum Can a sustainable water sector be developed simultaneously with a country’s growth? Can the water sector continue to expand and achieve…

Alexander Danilenko, Aroha Bahuguna |

Electric school bus. Photo credit: Autobus Lion By advancing towards our ambitious GHG reduction target – 37, 5 % of 1990 levels in 2030 – Québec demonstrates that proactive States and Regions are…

David Heurtel |

The remarkable pace at which nations of the world have ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change gives us all hope. It signals the world is ready to take the actions we need to keep global…

Laura Tuck |