In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

In the classroom, along with her sixth-grade classmates, Yudeisy tells us that what she likes doing the most during the day is watching videos and tutorials on YouTube. She also likes to use her…

Juan Baron, Carmen Maura Taveras, Janina Cuevas Zúñiga |

Closing Plenary of the Investor Forum. © World Bank “Private capital is often an important source of sustainable finance. Public finance alone may not be sufficient to meet the demands for…

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

© Maria Fleischmann/World Bank Sustainability is the holy grail of development. There are many interventions that yield positive results in the short term but somehow fail to be sustained over…

Oscar Calvo-González, Abel Cruz, Marco Hernandez |

The 2017 Hurricane season was the most devastating season on record in terms of cost. For many, it was a stark reminder of how the entire economy of a small nation can be wiped out in a few hours…

Christelle Chapoy, Mariana Ceratti, Brune Andre |

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 |

Governments have at least four reasons to try and bring firms into the formal system: To broaden and increase the tax base To enable firms to access the formal economy and help spur firm growth…

David McKenzie, Markus Goldstein |

As one of the key foundations for manufacturing, trade and growth, logistics is a strategic component of every economy. The sector can also contribute significantly to job creation. For example,…

Yin Lam |

In recognition of the vulnerabilities of small island states, we are responding to their aspirations and supporting their recovery and resilience building efforts in five inter-connected ways.

Tahseen Sayed, Christelle Chapoy |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |