East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

As the world observes World Environment Day this week, we should be mindful that [[tweetable]]there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050 if nothing is done[[/tweetable]], according…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

In Jamaica, about a quarter of electricity produced is stolen or “lost” through non-paying customers and/or accounting errors. Manual detection has failed to make a difference in reducing this…

Anna Lerner, Priyanka Ripley |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

  On a recent trip to the Caribbean, I was in a meeting at the Ministry of Finance of one of the region’s largest economies. The topic under discussion was all too familiar: the difficulty of…

Paul da Rita |

Available in Myanmar Successful development is about making a reality of aspirations and ambitious ideas through effective implementation – Myanmar can achieve just that for its people by…

Shabih Ali Mohib, Soren Davidsen, Robert Boothe |

This week, more than fifty donor governments and representatives of borrowing member countries are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss how the World Bank’s International Development Association (…

Victoria Kwakwa, Axel van Trotsenburg |

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank In late June, we sent two of our bravest colleagues, Marta and Marcelo, on a daring mission into the Tundra, close to the Arctic Circle. Even though the…

Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, Courtney Price Ivins, Marcelo Buitron |

How do you help a burgeoning democracy like Myanmar with its transition to a market-based economy after 50 years of isolation, poor infrastructure and limited capacity for reform? You do it by  …

Cecile Fruman |