East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Photo: © World Bank Yesterday morning I participated in the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” event at the opening of the Mongolian Stock Exchange. A global event sponsored by the IFC and other…

Jim Anderson, Helle Buchhave, Achim Schmillen |

A Thai woman in a consultation meeting in Trung Son Hydropower Project. Photo: Mai Bo / World Bank Last August, I visited Quang Ngai, a central coastal province in Vietnam, to collect data for a…

Nghi Quy Nguyen |

“Women hold up half of the sky, ” Chairman Mao said. So when it comes to development, it is important to listen to women – who generally make up half of our beneficiaries – and understand their…

Aimin Hao |

Transport infrastructure planning and design take into consideration men and women’s differences in travel needs, patterns, and behaviors to promote gender equality. But do these differences also…

Yi Yang |

New Zealand has a long history of supporting its close neighbors in the Pacific, both in times of disaster and emergencies, and to help improve the lives of many thousands across the region. On…

Kara Mouyis |

Photo: Talashow / Shutterstock [[tweetable]]Social inclusion: a core development objective in its own right, the foundation for shared prosperity[[/tweetable]], and a major player in poverty…

Piotr Pawlak |

College students in Vietnam. © World Bank As in much of the rest of the developing world, developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) have made progress in closing many gender…

Sudhir Shetty |

This week, more than fifty donor governments and representatives of borrowing member countries are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss how the World Bank’s International Development Association (…

Victoria Kwakwa, Axel van Trotsenburg |