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 |

Across developing countries, only 63 percent of adults have a bank account, according to our friends over at the Findex.  And we’ve seen a couple of papers with targeted populations that suggest…

Markus Goldstein |

في اليوم العالمي للسكان الذي حل الأسبوع الماضي، كنت أفكر في البهجة التي يجلبها الأطفال وفي حق المرأة في أن تقرر توقيت إنجابهم. فهذا الأمر يهم المرأة بقدر مايهم المجتمع كله. لايمكن أن تكون هناك…

كريستالينا جورجيفا |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Des infirmières veillent sur des nouveaux-nés dans une maternité à Freetown, en Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/Banque mondiale La semaine dernière était l'occasion de célébrer la Journée…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Enfermeras cuidan a recién nacidos en un hospital de maternidad en Freetown, Sierra Leona. © Dominic Chavez/Banco Mundial La semana pasada, cuando se celebró el Día Mundial de la Población, pensé…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Will cash and checks still exist 15 or 20 years from now given the increasing digitization of money? Is the smartphone our new bank? Will many people working in the financial sector industry lose…

José de Luna-Martínez, Wei Zhang |

There is now a huge window of opportunity for South Asia to create more apparel jobs, as rising wages in China compel buyers to look to other sourcing destinations.  Our new report – Stitches to…

Ritika D’Souza |

Photo: Ivelina Taushanova / World Bank Group Today, over 80 million tons of CO2 will be emitted from economies around the world. Tomorrow will be the same, as will the day after that. The emitted…

Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante |

Globally, around 2 billion people do not use formal financial services. In Southeast Asia, there are 264 million adults who are still “unbanked”; many of them save their money under the mattress…

José de Luna-Martínez |