Children work in their classroom. Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World Bank “Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that…

Samuel Berlinski |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

Man fixing railroad tracks. Mexico. Photo - Curt Carnemark / World Bank Efficiency. Competitiveness. Innovation. Integrity. Do these words come to mind when you think of State-Owned Enterprises (…

Fanny Weiner, Courtney Price Ivins, Marta Riveira Cazorla |

Too often, the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn't know what's good for them when it comes to foreign policy or tackling global…

Jim Yong Kim |

​Many parts of the development community have long embraced the following narrative: When nations are young and poor, they are willing to sacrifice natural resources—dirtying their water and their…

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana |

With the Ebola outbreak waning but not yet over, the three most affected countries must now find ways to rebuild their economies and strengthen their health systems to try to prevent another…

Donna Barne |

Did you know that about 3.7 million people worldwide died in 2012 from diseases related to ambient air pollution? That is nearly the population of the city of Los Angeles expiring every year from…

Paula Caballero |

Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the island nation of Vanuatu on March 13-14. © UNICEF SENDAI, Japan – Without better preparation for disasters – whether they be earthquakes and tidal waves, extreme…

Jim Yong Kim |

Also available in Bahasa Indonesia Women are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls’ education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

  When we think of urban expansion in the 21st century, we often think of ‘sprawl’, a term that calls to mind low-density, car-oriented suburban growth, perhaps made up of single-family homes.…

Chandan Deuskar |