In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

Small, landlocked, and resource-rich Lao PDR has been quietly maintaining its place as one of East Asia and Pacific’s fastest growing economies for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, the average…

Stephen Danyo |

Jobs and wage growth have been the most important driver of poverty reduction globally, and Central Asia. In Tajikistan, for example, it has cut poverty by about two-thirds since 2003. In…

Lilia Burunciuc |

Governments have at least four reasons to try and bring firms into the formal system: To broaden and increase the tax base To enable firms to access the formal economy and help spur firm growth…

David McKenzie, Markus Goldstein |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |

A young man sitting next to me on a recent flight from Almaty to Dushanbe told me, “I regret that I did not get a better education. I could have had a better job.” He is one of many Central Asian…

Lilia Burunciuc |

During a recent trip to a popular tourist enclave in Kazakhstan called Borovoye, I decided to make a stopover in the village of Makinsk, about 150 km north of the capital city Astana. I was keen…

Ato Brown |

Also available in: Français | Mongolian ©2014 David Waldorf/World Bank   For several years during my childhood, I helped my mother plant vegetables and harvest crops on an urban farm in the…

Rentsenkhand “Handaa” Enkh-Amgalan |

Also available in: Français  Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank There’s no question that agriculture is critical to Africa’s biggest development goals. It is fundamental for poverty reduction, economic…

Simeon Ehui |

In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Christopher Thomas |