MSMEs are crucial to Bangladesh’s financial and economic development. Close to 99 percent of non-farm enterprises in the country are MSMEs. Reexamining outdated policies and lifting institutional…

Mihasonirina Andrianaivo, Aminata Ndiaye |

A Bangladeshi woman participates in a local community council meeting. Credit: World Bank  Sitting cross-legged under a mango tree’s shade in the middle of a village in Rajshahi district,…

Andy Kotikula, Jennifer Solotaroff |

Models walk the runway during regional conclave in New Delhi, India. Photo: World Bank For centuries, women in the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, India, embroidered richly-colored mirror-work…

Divya Gupta, Vinita Ranade |

Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

South Asian countries’ exports are only one-third of what they should be, had they mirrored the experience of economies with similar characteristics. Without further integration into global…

Hans Timmer |

Shamela Hakeem outside her home in Gazipur district's Shinglab village, Dhaka. Photo: World Bank In a tiny hamlet called Shinglab in Gazipur district, around 2 hours from Dhaka, you can see a…

Shilpa Banerji |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

South Asia is set to remain relatively insulated from some of the rising uncertainties that are looming large on the global economic horizon. The region will retain its top spot as the world’s…

Hartwig Schafer |

Blog post by a student on the job market. Weather shocks are a constant and growing threat to much of the world’s rural population whose livelihoods depend on agriculture (Dercon, 2002). The cost…

Gregory Lane |