If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |

World Bank Vice President for East Asia Invites the Public to Discuss the Future of Vietnam World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg invites everyone to join a…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Photo: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank Whenever aid and development money is involved, one question consistently emerges: How do you make sure it does not fall on the wrong hands, and be victims of…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

Latin America has a long, fractured, and ultimately failed history of public media. So-called “public media” typically functioned as government-controlled institutions for spurious goals -…

Silvio Waisbord |

A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program Sanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease,…

Parameswaran Iyer |

If you are working on an urban water project, what information do you need?  You likely want to know what your project’s water utility knows. How else can you start talking to each other to have a…

Alexander Danilenko |

Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank After months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally…

An Thi My Tran |

Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China.…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

This week, Vietnam will host the twelfth ASEAN Health Minister’s Meeting in Hanoi. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is likely to take center-stage in discussions, both formal and informal, among…

Aparnaa Somanathan |

Vietnam’s education system is receiving a lot of international attention following the country’s strong performance in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Vietnam’s 15…

Christian Bodewig |