My visit to Lao PDR this week has convinced me that this nation is moving toward the right path to sustained economic growth, which could lead to less poverty and better lives for all of its…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. —James Heckman Investments in the early years of children’s lives and in…

Harry A. Patrinos |

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 |

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 |

  To function properly, a financial system needs to have two doors in place: an “entry” and an “exit”. The first one enables qualified local or foreign institutions to enter the marketplace to…

José de Luna-Martínez |

[[tweetable]]Economic growth and global economic integration go hand-in-hand for Lao PDR.[[/tweetable]]  As a small, land-locked, and commodity-dependent country in a fast-expanding region, Lao…

Jose Daniel Reyes, Sohaib Shahid |

Photo: Songquan Deng/Flickr Singapore: the beautiful city state, famed for its lush gardens, splendid food, culturally diverse communities, and the cocktail Singapore Sling. I was there last week…

Henrike Brecht |

The Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) pilots taught us a great deal about how to make skills training more female-friendly and how to improve the quality of skills training broadly. They also…

Sarah Haddock, Shubha Chakravarty |

The Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) through its eight pilots taught us a great deal about how to make skills training more female-friendly and support young women's transition to productive…

Sarah Haddock |

Nearly 50 years ago, books such as Asian Drama: An Inquiry Into The Poverty Of Nations, by the Swedish economist and Nobel laureate Gunnar Myrdal, offered a dire prediction of famine and poverty…

Axel van Trotsenburg |