East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Jobs and wage growth have been the most important driver of poverty reduction globally, and Central Asia. In Tajikistan, for example, it has cut poverty by about two-thirds since 2003. In…

Lilia Burunciuc |

  Latin America is aging rapidly. It took nearly a century for the population of those 60 years of age and older to double in most high-income countries. Yet, most Latin American countries will…

Carlos Rodríguez Castelán, Philipp Hessel |

Women’s labor force participation worldwide over the last two decades has stagnated, and women generally earn less than men. (Photo: Tom Perry / World Bank) How can we Press For Progress —the…

Namita Datta |

Photo: EMBARQ Brasil/FlickrTambém disponível em português. While bus services are often planned and coordinated by public authorities, many cities delegate day-to-day operations to private…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Bianca Bianchi Alves |

Global Value Chains are a win-win for firms that enjoy greater efficiency, productivity, and profits while they create better jobs (Photo by Jonathan Ernst / World Bank)   Global Value Chains (GVC…

Ruchira Kumar |

Today, the term "resilience" has many definitions and encompasses a multitude of dimensions beyond natural disasters. [[tweetable]]Resilience is directly linked to crime and violence,…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Pamela Sofia Duran Vinueza |

  The job creation challenge is intensifying. And the next generation of productive alliances must tap its potential more proactively. What are the best ways to optimize this approach towards…

Ethel Sennhauser, Francisco Obreque |

There has been a doubling in the number of developing countries that provide social safety programs to their citizens. What is causing this shift? Photo: Mohammad Al-Arief/World Bank Social safety…

Michal Rutkowski |

Differentiating between effective and nominal access A couple of months ago, one of our urban development colleagues wrote about the gap between effective and nominal access to water…

Tatiana Peralta Quiros, Camila Rodriguez |