Based in eastern Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts has developed innovative uses of ICT for its commercial agriculture operations. Photo Credit: Bryan Watts/World Bank Bhutan is a challenging environment…

Yoichiro Ishihara |

New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

The Multi-Donor fund for Bhutan's Public Financial Management was launched September 21st in Thimphu Several years ago, a newspaper cartoon in a neighboring country caught everyone’s…

Savinay Grover |

Over the last two weeks, we’ve witnessed three hurricanes in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico as well as a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, killing people and destroying homes. They serve as a…

Barbara Minguez Garcia |

The recently opened Thimphu tech park – Bhutan’s first IT park - The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country located high in the eastern Himalayan mountain range with its population 760, 000. Up…

Yoichiro Ishihara |

Construction of the Dagachhu Hydropower Plant in Bhutan. Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank In many respects, Bhutan has been a development success story. Its people have benefitted from decades…

Yoichiro Ishihara, Joe Qian |

Haiti map after the 2010 earthquake. Over 450 OpenStreetMap volunteers from an estimated 29 countries digitized roads, landmarks and buildings to assist with disaster response and reconstruction.…

Dana Rawls |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

Photo: SkyPics Studio/Shutterstock Data on the sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb and so on) are scarce, but a recent study estimates that the revenue growth of these platforms has been dramatic. In…

Hernan Winkler |

This satellite image shows Sao Paolo's estimated “urban areas” based on a WorldPop gridded population layer. Areas in yellow are areas with at least 300 people per km2 and a known settlement…

David Mason |