Also available in: Español Photo: Andy Shuai Liu/World Bank Invented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano, Wenyu Jia, Georges Darido |

Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

Construction of a sky train in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Seksan Pipattanatikanunt/World Bank In the past, procurement (purchasing) was not considered to be a specialist function but one of the…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

هذه المدونة متوفرة باللغات التالية: English 14% فقط من النساء يشاركن في سوق العمل، وفرص العمل أمامهن شحيحة. (تصوير: محمد عيسى / مؤسسة التمويل الدولية) العديد من البلدان تكافح من أجل خلق وظائف أكثر…

Michelle Davis |

Also available in Arabic.  In Jordan, only 14% of women are in the labor market, and job opportunities for them are scarce. (Photo: Mohamed Essa / IFC) Many countries struggle with creating more…

Michelle Davis |

What would bring together the China trade shock, road blocks in the West Bank, and the Belt and Road initiative? The 6th Annual IMF-World Bank-WTO Trade Research Conference, at which staff of the…

Ana Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo |

Geospatial data is on full display 24/7 throughout the world these days.  It’s like nothing we have seen before. But none of this would be possible without the underpinning role of the government…

Anna Wellenstein, Wael Zakout |

Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is…

Wael Zakout |

أولئك الذين زاروا دبي في السنوات الأخيرة قد يهمهم ما سأقوله: تقع دبي وسط الصحراء وكانت أراضيها قبل وقت غير بعيد لا تساوي شيئا. الآن، أصبحت واحدة من أكثر مدن العالم حيوية. حدث كل هذا في فترة قصيرة…

وائل زقوت |

(Photo: Steve Harris / World Bank) December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Every year, on this day, the international community comes together to take stock of the…

Amer Hasan, Elaine Ding, Ning Fu, Yilin Pan |