As the world works toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Islamic social finance provides new options to help mobilize these efforts, in particularly to end poverty and hunger. (Photo…

Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz, Wei Zhang |

© Maria Fleischmann/World Bank Sustainability is the holy grail of development. There are many interventions that yield positive results in the short term but somehow fail to be sustained over…

Oscar Calvo-González, Abel Cruz, Marco Hernandez |

© Maria Fleischmann/Banco Mundial La sostenibilidad es el santo grial del desarrollo. Muchas intervenciones logran un impacto positivo en el corto plazo, pero de alguna manera no logran ser…

Oscar Calvo-González, Abel Cruz, Marco Hernandez |

As the digital economy gears up to be the new driver of development in Malaysia, tax policy will need to keep pace with the country’s ambitions towards increased digitalization. Photo: bigstock/…

Richard Record, Jonathan Leigh Pemberton |

In November 2016, we published the “Practical Guide for Measuring Retail Payment Costs”, an innovative methodology that can be customized to country needs and circumstances, without losing the…

Holti Banka |

My admiration for hummingbirds began in my native Brazil.   The hummingbird’s flight patterns may seem a mystery as they shift from one flower to the next.  But hummingbirds are immensely…

Otaviano Canuto |

Malaysia is home to a vibrant Islamic banking sector. Islamic finance has grown rapidly in the past two decades and it now stands as a potential contributor in supporting the Sustainable…

Abayomi Alawode, Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz, Ana Maria Aviles |

Malaysia’s experience in addressing access to finance for SMEs has been successful, serving as a learning point for countries like Tanzania. Photo: Samuel Goh/World Bank Tanzania is set towards…

Djauhari Sitorus |

3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s…

Margaret Miller |