Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

With support from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), the Afghan government is taking steps to professionalize procurement to improve the capability of ministries and other…

Anand Kumar Srivastava, Ahmad Shah Naqshbandi, Mohammad Sohail Kaakar |

The National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) is working to improve agriculture through boosting productivity and quality. Photo Credit: NHLP/World Bank Every working day, I work closely…

Ahmad Fahim Jabari |

Many government civil servants are now using technology to improve transparency and credibility of government offices in Kandahar Province. Photo credit: Taimani Films/World Bank The use of…

Mohammad Zaher Ebadi |

Photo: ROYA Resources of Young Afghans. This time last year, more than 400 excited youth filled the Preston Auditorium for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New…

Jewel McFadden |

New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

According to a recent report, just over half of Afghan children attend primary school and most of them were boys. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank Fueled by unprecedented levels of aid,…

Christina Wieser |

© Dominic Chavez/World Bank India’s state of Chhattisgarh faced a daunting challenge in the mid-2000s. About half of its public food distribution was leaked, meaning that it never reached the…

Ugo Gentilini, Harold Alderman, Ruslan Yemtsov |

Students at the Abdul Hadi Dawi school getting ready for class. Photo Credit: Anahita Matin/ World Bank At the heart of Kabul City in Makroyan 3, lies the all-boys ‘Abdul Hadi Dawi’ school.…

Anahita Hosseini Matin, Nathalie Lahire |

Youth employment programs should place more emphasis on mentoring youth on how to self-assess their existing skills - including soft skills - and how to better signal these skills to employers. (…

Namita Datta, Jacqueline Barrett, Estera Barbarasa |