Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

A new report focuses on how Southeast Asia can overcome the still very significant barriers to the expansion of its digital economy.

Boutheina Guermazi, Natasha Beschorner |

Photo: Trocaire | Flickr Creative Commons In war-torn post-1991 Somalia, running water was a scarce commodity, to the misfortune of millions of people. Members of local communities rose to the…

Yolanda Tayler, Nazaneen Ismail Ali, Simeon Sahaydachny, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

The Asia-Pacific region, comprised of 58 economies, is geographically expansive and a picture of diversity. The trends for sustainable energy in Asia-Pacific, which mirror the region’s economic…

Sharmila Bellur |

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 |

For many of us who work in the health sector in Cambodia, the Universal Health Coverage Day in 2016 celebrates the beginning of a new journey. The recent launch of the Health Equity and Quality…

Somil Nagpal |

Also available in: Français A public faucet that serves 1, 000 families in el Alto, Bolivia. Photo credit: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Small towns* typically have not been well served by…

Fadel Ndaw |

Children and teachers in an early childhood education center in rural Indonesia Photo credit: Amer Hasan Recent studies in neuroscience and economics show that early childhood experiences have a…

Amer Hasan, Nozomi Nakajima |

Nearly 50 years ago, books such as Asian Drama: An Inquiry Into The Poverty Of Nations, by the Swedish economist and Nobel laureate Gunnar Myrdal, offered a dire prediction of famine and poverty…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |