The International Comparison Program (ICP) team in the World Bank Development Data Group commissioned a pilot data collection study utilizing modern information and communication technologies in…

Marko Rissanen, Nada Hamadeh |

Data shows that huge swaths of populations in developing countries are not learning to read. Scaling up early reading interventions will be a first step toward addressing these high illiteracy…

Harry A. Patrinos, Jimmy Graham, Sean Kelly |

Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by Salah-Eddine Kandri, the Global Sector Lead for education at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).   According to a report from McKinsey, about 60…

Salah-Eddine Kandri |

Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. —James Heckman Investments in the early years of children’s lives and in…

Harry A. Patrinos |

This is a guest blog written by Dawn Duhaney of the Open Data Institute.  When discussing openness and transparency in government, it would be easy to imagine countries like India and Ukraine have…

Dawn Duhaney |

Students walk by a school offering senior high school levels. Photo Credit: Samer Al-Samarrai /World Bank In June 2016, approximately 1.5 million children across the Philippines will walk through…

Harry A. Patrinos, Samer Al-Samarrai |

Every minute, dozens of people in East Asia move from the countryside to the city. The massive population shift is creating some of the world’s biggest mega-cities including Tokyo, Shanghai,…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

During the past few years, interest in high-frequency price data has grown steadily.  Recent major economic events - including the food crisis and the energy price surge – have increased the need…

Nada Hamadeh, Marko Rissanen, Mizuki Yamanaka |