This is the sixth in this year’s job market series                                                                             Labor misallocation is believed to be a key driver of differences in…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed headlines and slashed price tags. Urban planners are…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

In the previous blog, we discussed how remote sensing techniques could be used to map and inform policymaking in secondary cities, with a practical application in 10 Central American cities. In…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s…

Margaret Miller |

Download PDF The importance of soil health in agrarian societies is indisputable – soil health has a direct relationship with agricultural productivity and sustainability. Yet, its highly complex…

Vini Vaid |

Source: World Bank visualization based on data from NOAA’s VIIRS Satellite. In Part III of our three-part blog series on our study on spatial distribution and its implications for inclusiveness…

Michael Geiger, Priyanka Kanth |

Source: World Bank visualization based on data from various UN agencies In Part I of our blog —based on a background note we wrote for the World Bank’s 2017–2022 Country Partnership Framework for…

Priyanka Kanth, Michael Geiger |

Malnutrition in Ethiopia: distribution of stunted children The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for the coming five years in Ethiopia, approved by the World Bank board in June, features a “…

Michael Geiger, Priyanka Kanth |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |