As we look back at the four years spent in the Maghreb and Malta, as Country Director Marie Francoise-Nelly would like to share some reflections on her work there with the World Bank.

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly |

When it comes to improving portfolio performance, the Maghreb Country Management Unit (CMU) has found a solution that worked well: Partnering with the Government counterparts to form a strong…

Afef Haddad |

Also available in: Español Photo: Max Souffriau/Flickr Over 10 million people now live in the Lima Metropolitan Area, equivalent to about 1/3 of Peru’s total population. As the number of residents…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Irene Portabales González, Ana Rodriguez Coteron, Lincoln Flor |

Photo: shplendid | Flickr Creative Commons Talk of trade tariffs and heightened geopolitical tensions are dominating news headlines recently. As developed economies consider escalating…

Mark Moseley |

Three economists walk in to meet a judge in Rome...
Although this might sound like the setup to a joke, what ensues is not a punchline, but rather a demonstrable improvement in court…

Georgia Harley, Nicola Persico |

Also available in: Español Photo: Geraint Rowland We must stop deaths on the roads. No one would argue with that, of course. But for us who live in Peru and many other developing countries, the…

Irene Portabales González, Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Juan Miguel Velásquez |

Continuing the dialogue and peer-to-peer exchange on the benefits and challenges to fiscal transparency is essential to sustaining the momentum for reform. The time for action is now — the Arab…

Renaud Seligmann, Lida Bteddini |

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 |

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

Many countries are experiencing urbanization within the context of increased decentralization and fiscal adjustment. This puts sub-national entities (local governments, utilities and state-owned…

Kirti Devi, Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |