How can technology improve existing transport modes and create new ways of moving around? To discuss, we checked in with Mr. Amadou Koné, Côte D’Ivoire’s Minister of Transport.

Alejandra Gutierrez |

This is the seventh in this year’s job market series. Developing countries regularly underperform in their capacity to collect taxes, with tax revenue to GDP ratios that are 20 to 30 percent less…

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 |

Photo: Christopher R. Bennett/World Bank Few things are more depressing than seeing the damage caused by cyclones on transport infrastructure. Especially when it is a causeway that was only…

Chris Bennett, Theuns Henning |

I have worked for a while with different attempts to get informal firms to register their businesses and become formal. We have tried giving them information and actually paying them to formalize…

David McKenzie |

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s observation that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  For many of us, we could also add physical disability…

Chris Bennett |

This post is co-authored with Michael O’Sullivan.   Effective property rights matter for development. And heck, they even got a couple of shout outs in the recently adopted Sustainable Development…

Markus Goldstein |

This is the fifth in our series of job market posts this year.  Once known as the “Safe Haven” of Western Africa, because of its long-standing political stability and economic success, Côte d’…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

At least not in Benin.   This week, I take a look at interesting paper by Leonard Wantchekon documenting an experiment he did in Benin with this year’s presidential election.   In this paper,…

Markus Goldstein |

The World Bank employs a variety of specialists in different disciplines, often with abstract and hard to understand titles. Not me. When people ask what I do for the Bank I say “I build roads”.…

Chris Bennett |