“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” Lord Kelvin   Despite the recent proliferation of standardized testing in education, there is still a significant number of countries that oppose…

Rafael de Hoyos |

With more jobs and competitiveness in mind, many economies worldwide have simplified their business start-up rules and regulations over recent years. Since the first Doing Business report was…

Frederic Meunier, Nadia Novik, Cyriane Coste, Erick Tjong |

If you skimmed the news this year, 2017 may have seemed like a tough year for climate change.   The US and the Caribbean endured a devastating hurricane season. People across Africa felt the…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is…

Wael Zakout |

On November 1-3, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the World Bank organized a workshop in Delhi to discuss forest fire prevention and management.  The…

Alfredo Nolasco Morales |

A student leader in her school's anti-violence and coexistence project entering the school's courtyard     © Charlotte Kesl / World Bank We live in a world where [[tweetable]]one in…

Paula Tavares |

Increasing the number of jobs publicly listed, enabling public and private institutions to better connect workers to jobs will not likely solve the jobs problem in developing countries. (Photo: …

Jacqueline Mazza |

The debate on whether the state should play an active role in broadening access to finance or not is one that has lingered for decades. A recent book (de la Torre, Gozzi, and Schmukler, 2017)…

Sergio Schmukler, Facundo Abraham |

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed headlines and slashed price tags. Urban planners are…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

In the previous blog, we discussed how remote sensing techniques could be used to map and inform policymaking in secondary cities, with a practical application in 10 Central American cities. In…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |