The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |

The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050.

Sameh Wahba |

We invite all Maldivians, including women and youth, to share what they think are the constraints and opportunities that lie ahead; major challenges faced in ensuring prosperity for all and…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

Secure land rights play a key role in addressing the climate crisis. Yet billions of peoples’ rights to the lands and resources they live on and manage are unrecognized.

Wael Zakout, Andy White |

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

I witnessed how in a melding of the old and new, the World Bank is working with the Indonesian government to deliver better basic services through the convergence of three elements: the tradition…

Benoît Bosquet |

Indonesia has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, growing to be the fourth most populous country in the world and more than halving poverty from the turn of the century until today. However,…

Juul Pinxten, Steisianasari Mileiva |

Central Asia’s future as a supplier of agri-products and livestock will depend on how food producers and processors in the region respond to the increased quality and safety demands of consumers,…

Lilia Burunciuc |

In Indonesia, the current state of human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives—does indeed demand significant attention. Indonesia’s score on the…

Camilla Holmemo |