In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |

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 |

Reform leaders who are persuaded by the need to invest in human capital face the challenge of getting thousands of state personnel, who staff myriad government agencies, to deliver. The…

Stuti Khemani |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

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 |

Informal metal worker in Katwe, Kampala. Photo: Angus Morgan Kathage/World Bank The informal sector is a large part of employment in African cities. The International Labour Organization estimates…

Angus Morgan Kathage |

In Brazil, a woman trained through the School of Women Leaders explains to her neighbors what she has learned. Photo: Maria do Carmo Carvalho / Habitat for Humanity [[tweetable]]Despite the fact…

Jane W. Katz |

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 |