Change is what development is all about. The hard part, as the well-chosen title of a new World Bank book makes clear, is persuading the right kind of change to put down roots and flourish.…

Heather Lyne de Ver |

Recently, while reviewing a document, I came across a statistic about age dependency* in the Republic of Mauritius. Mauritius already had an age dependency ratio of 10.9 in 2010 and this is…

Sudharshan Canagarajah |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald’s, the fast food chain operates around 34, 000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-…

Borko Handjiski |

Those unfamiliar with the fast growing emerging economies of East Asia are likely to think that governments in these countries let market forces and capitalism roam free, red in tooth and claw.…

Truman Packard |

What does it take to make reforms work in small island countries? At the end of June 2013, twelve Caribbean countries presented a roadmap for growth in three areas -logistics and connectivity,…

Andrea Gallina |

Le 5 mars dernier, José Cuesta, économiste à la Banque mondiale et auteur du rapport « Food Price Watch »,  a répondu aux questions des internautes lors d’un tchat consacré à la question du…

Anne Senges |

Aunque parezca inaudito, 36 millones de personas en Latinoamérica no pueden tomar un vaso de agua de la canilla o ducharse con la certeza de que esa agua no los enfermará. Estos latinoamericanos…

Robert Valls |

Increased hurricane activity and rising sea levels are well-known effects of climate change, and they prompt solemn head-shaking when we read about them in reports. But in the Caribbean they are…

Herbert Samuel, Jonathan Coony |

Las consecuencias del envejecimiento de la población de América Latina En América Latina el número de aquellos en edad de trabajar es más numeroso que nunca: un 65% de una población estimada en…

Michele Gragnolati |