With the countdown half-way through, the data on the Millennium Development Goals are finally available via interactive maps. The timeline feature (step 3 on the map) tracks progress on any of the…

Chris Monasterski |

Until recently, the mountains of Aceh were known for rebel activity and were basically off-limits. Even without gunfire, I didn’t have much interest in having anything to do with mountains other…

David Lawrence |

While nearly 1 billion people still live on less than $1 a day, according to World Bank estimates the incidence of poverty shrunk from 29 percent of global population to 18 percent between 1990…

Chris Monasterski |

In 2006, the income of Chinese urban residents was 3.28 times that of the rural ones, where 700 million farmers or 56 percent of total population live. The new survey from the Cato Institute shows…

Chris Monasterski |

How did Eastern Europe overtake East Asia? In a four-minute video interview, Michael Klein, World Bank-IFC Vice President for Financial and Private Sector Development, explains why countries that…

Chris Monasterski |

The disinterest in vaccine development throughout the 1990s led many to call for government intervention.

Chris Monasterski |

The world's third largest computer producer will release a $199 PC to rural China. In the countryside, where nearly 800 million people live, incomes average at $560 a year and have been…

Chris Monasterski |

The adverse health effects of smoking are old news. Michael Lokshin and Zurab Sajaia (on page 18) examine the habit's less obvious effect on your paycheck.

Chris Monasterski |

Today marks the end of the first-ever Microinsurance Month in the Philippines. The country is already out in front on mobile banking. Here's hoping that they'll generate the same kind of…

Christine Bowers |