Is 3-D printing a trade killer? You might be surprised to know that for some products, such as hearing aids, 3-D printing helps to increase trade, not reduce it.

Caroline Freund, Alen Mulabdic, Michele Ruta |

Disasters can erase decades of hard-won development gains in a matter of seconds, with a painful and costly impact that can last for years, and even generations to come. Today, around 90% of urban…

Sameh Wahba, Mami Mizutori |

When it comes to information on cross-border traders, there is a global deficit of gender-disaggregated data. The World Bank Group is using creative research techniques to fill some of these data…

Heidi Stensland Warren , Aileen Yang |

The global forecast for oil production in 2019 has been repeatedly revised downward over the last year and a half amid weakening demand for oil. 

Donna Barne, Divyanshi Wadhwa |

If we are entering into the 'datafication' of education, countries will need to define rules and to develop new skills to ensure that present and future technology-enhanced education…

Cristobal Cobo |

You don’t care about the size of the drain on the side of roads? About the type of joints used in water pipes? Or the type of electric poles in front of your home? You’re not alone. Still, the…

Stéphane Hallegatte |

The World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative recently released a consultation draft of the ID4D Practitioner’s Guide for public comments throughout June.

Julia Clark, Vyjayanti T Desai, Jonathan Marskell |

Pixabay | Clker-Free-Vector-Images How much money do I need to buy a house? It’s a simple question, but fraught with variables. Where’s the house? In New York City or Tegucigalpa? Is the…

Julie Rozenberg, Marianne Fay |

Graphic by Nicholas Nam Rapid technological change and growing expectations of citizens are elevating the importance of digital innovation for governments around the world. The World Bank Group,…

Nicholas Nam |