Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

  Street market in Chiansi village, Zambia. Photo: Lillian Foo Zambia is currently under pressure to increase the pace of the economic transformation to create more productive jobs. Despite rapid…

Lillian Foo |

Targeted regional and sectoral policies can be game changers in job creation.  Photo: Network on Jobs and Development We recently hosted our first Jobs and Development Conference, and one of the…

David Robalino |

"We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes—and every one of them was an immigrant, " U.S. President Barack Obama recently said after the Nobel…

Bassam Sebti |

Beneficiaries from a safety net program in Madagascar, most of them women, receive regular cash grants and training on nutrition, early childhood development and leadership skills. Photo by:…

Michal Rutkowski |

This is part of a series of blogs focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and data from the 2016 Edition of World Development Indicators.  This blog draws on data from the World Bank’s Rural…

Edie Purdie, Adam Diehl, Atsushi Iimi |

Better educated women secure brighter futures for themselves and lift entire households out of poverty. While Hillary Clinton is cracking the glass ceiling, if not yet shattering it entirely, in…

Keiko Inoue |

Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[…

Juergen Voegele, John Roome |

Miombo trees in the Reserva Nacional do Gilé, Zambézia Province. Photo by Andrea Borgarello for the World Bank

André Rodrigues de Aquino |