East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Photo: EMBARQ Brasil/FlickrTambém disponível em português. While bus services are often planned and coordinated by public authorities, many cities delegate day-to-day operations to private…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Bianca Bianchi Alves |

This is the fourth in this year’s series of job market posts. As the quality of a country's public sector workforce is an essential factor in its effectiveness in providing services,…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Também disponível em: Português   Worldwide, e-commerce has experienced explosive growth over the past decade, including in developing countries. The 2015 Global Retail E-Commerce Index ranks…

Bianca Bianchi Alves, Paulo Fernandes de Oliveira, Giulliane Fioravanti |

Youth employment programs should place more emphasis on mentoring youth on how to self-assess their existing skills - including soft skills - and how to better signal these skills to employers. (…

Namita Datta, Jacqueline Barrett, Estera Barbarasa |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

  The job creation challenge is intensifying. And the next generation of productive alliances must tap its potential more proactively. What are the best ways to optimize this approach towards…

Ethel Sennhauser, Francisco Obreque |

Brazil's state of Ceará has just introduced a new parenting program designed to stimulate stronger early childhood development. (Photo: Julio Pantoja / World Bank) Quality and innovative…

Rita Almeida, Leandro Costa |

Long one of the world’s most unequal countries, Brazil surprised pundits by recording a massive reduction in household income inequality in the last couple of decades. Between 1995 and 2012, the…

Francisco Ferreira, Sergio Firpo, Julián Messina |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |