Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do…

Yabei zhang |

A significant share of Tajikistan’s workforce works outside the country. Photo: Gennadiy Ratushenko / World Bank My colleague Victoria and I had an opportunity recently to meet with students at…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad, Victoria Strokova |

For the poor and vulnerable of the world, jobs are key to ending poverty and driving development. But not all jobs are equally transformational.  Photo: Jonathan Ernst / World Bank Jobs are what…

Alvaro Gonzalez |

Violent conflicts, such as the one experienced by Sri Lanka, are caused by a variety of factors. Even when violent conflicts are concluded, the societies remain fragile. Fragility affects the…

Nisha Arunatilake |

With innovation taking a central role in driving markets, countries are increasingly looking to invest in innovation and technological change to be competitive and improve productivity. Innovation…

Nisha Arunatilake |

What helps small businesses grow? In January 2009, two colleagues (David McKenzie and Chris Woodruff) and I began an experiment that examined the effects of general business training on current…

Suresh de Mel |

I began my professional career as a sub-district and district level administrator in India-a position that makes one responsible for pretty much everything- from making sure the water comes out of…

Abhas Jha |