Aracelis owns a hair salon in Santo Domingo. Like all the other owners of the nearly 20, 000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Dominican Republic, she dreams about making her…

John Martin Wilson, Annabel González |

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 |

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 |

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, World Bank Senior Regional Advisor for Africa, exchanges with young beneficiaries of the Madagascar Social Safety Net Project. I first visited Madagascar in 1985 as a student…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz |

Beneficiaries from a safety net program in Madagascar, most of them women, receive regular cash grants and training on nutrition, early childhood development and leadership skills. Photo by:…

Michal Rutkowski |

​Photo: Laura B. Rawlings / World Bank It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard…

Andrea Vermehren, Josh Martin, Laura B. Rawlings |

When we first set out to answer some basic questions facing policymakers in Uzbekistan, we were unsure what exactly to expect. Little was known about worker skills in Uzbekistan until last year,…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad, Igor Kheyfets |

When we first set out to answer some basic questions facing policymakers in Uzbekistan, we were unsure what exactly to expect. Little was known about worker skills in Uzbekistan until last year,…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad |

Co-Authors: Aleksandra Iwulska, Javier Eduardo Báez and Alan Fuchs In April this year the Dominican Republic borrowed 1.25 billion US dollars on international markets in 30-year bonds. The DR is…

Miguel Eduardo Sánchez |

Antigua may mean old in Spanish, but what has been accomplished here looks quite modern. In this colonial city, a living example of Guatemala’s Mayan heritage, surrounded by mountains and…

Sergio Jellinek |