Imagine you fall ill or have a serious accident. You survive, but to recover you need extensive medical care. The problem? You don’t have insurance and have to pay out of pocket. Your life savings…

Pranav Mohan |

Mr. Kannan, a differently abled social entrepreneur. (Photo: Varalakshmi Vemuru) During my recent mission visit to Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu, India, I met with Mr. Kannan, a social…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

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 |

I usually don’t wake up to hate mail in my inbox. What prompted this deluge is a recent paper that evaluates the impact of a training program for informal health care providers (providers without…

Jishnu Das |

Devotees at the Erwadi Dargah in Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo: DMPH Erwadi) Last month I blogged about how mental illness is curable, treatable, and preventable. Today, let me take you to a town in…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

Photo: © Masaru Goto / World Bank

Quentin Wodon |

India’s rivers are heavily polluted. According to official estimates, 302 of 445 river stretches fail to meet even bathing criteria (Central Pollution Control Board [CPCB], 2014). This is known to…

Quy-Toan Do, Shareen Joshi, Samuel Stolper |

Photo credit: Visual News Associates / World Bank Over 80 percent of Pakistanis consistently report that their economic wellbeing has either deteriorated or remained the same. Only 20 percent,…

Ghazala Mansuri |

On World Mental Health Day, here’s a fact to reflect on: [[tweetable]]people with mental illness are among the socially excluded and marginalized groups in society. [[/tweetable]]They are often…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

During a recent visit to Barsam village in the Saharsa district of Bihar, I talked with members of a women’s self-help group - one of over 480, 000 such groups formed under Jeevika, a rural…

Ashi Kathuria |