2017 was a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-private partnerships at the World Bank Group: from new knowledge products and tools, to innovations and success stories in places…

Yelena Osipova-Stocker, Lylia Jixuan Li |

Photo: Michiel van Nimwegen | Flickr Creative Commons Just ahead of this year’s anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, I visited the Tsunami Honganji Vihara site in Sri Lanka where…

David Baxter |

The invitation for new SAFE Trust Fund applications is now open until 9 February 2018

Daniel Boyce |

Full infographic This commentary first appeared on the UHC2030 website. Full list of authors: Craig Burgess, Anna Marriott,  Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Bruno Rivalan, James Sale Despite the international…

Craig Burgess, Anna Marriott |

Photo: Debbie Hildreth Pisarcik | Flickr Creative Commons Several years ago, after almost two decades at various investment banks, I joined the World Bank’s Financial Solutions team. I had always…

Sebnem Erol Madan |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

A new report on mental health in Ukraine offers a sobering picture of the often-ignored disease burden of mental disorders, which undermine human capital development and total wealth accumulation…

Patricio V. Marquez, Feng Zhao |

Recent World Bank investment climate surveys find that the top two constraints for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are access to finance and access to energy. Given that SMEs…

Simon Bell, Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies, Jonathan Coony |

With more jobs and competitiveness in mind, many economies worldwide have simplified their business start-up rules and regulations over recent years. Since the first Doing Business report was…

Frederic Meunier, Nadia Novik, Cyriane Coste, Erick Tjong |

Based in eastern Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts has developed innovative uses of ICT for its commercial agriculture operations. Photo Credit: Bryan Watts/World Bank Bhutan is a challenging environment…

Yoichiro Ishihara |