Whether matching drivers with riders or landlords with lodgers, digital platforms like Uber and AirBnB push the marginal cost of matching supply and demand to an unprecedented low. Large…

Julian Lampietti, Kyle Farrell |

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 |

Tajikistan achieved high rates of economic growth during the 2000s (about 8% per year, on average), which doubled GDP per capita and helped reduce poverty by almost half between 1999 and 2009. But…

Alisher Rajabov, William Seitz |

Located on the western tip of the Himalayas, Tajikistan has abundant fresh water resources in its rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Yet, access to improved drinking water, and to sanitation connected…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Emcet O. Tas |

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 |

As delegates are gathering this week in Tajikistan for the High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, ” 2018-2028, it is an…

Soumya Balasubramanya, Claudia W. Sadoff |

In April, PovcalNet revised the World Bank’s global and regional poverty estimates from 1981 to 2013. The next major update of global and regional poverty estimates is scheduled for October 2018,…

Christoph Lakner, Joao Pedro Azevedo, Daniel Mahler, Espen Beer Prydz |

Millions of children around the world are prevented from reaching their full developmental potential because of poor environment and nutrition. In the more extreme cases, these children face…

Lilia Burunciuc |

[[tweetable]]In just under two weeks, about 1, 000 people will gather in Washington D.C. for the 2018 Fragility Forum[[/tweetable]]. Policy makers from developed and developing countries,…

Franck Bousquet |