I was in Dubai two weeks ago to attend a meeting of the World Economic Forum. Our hosts, the Government of Dubai, told us that Dubai had turned the corner – hotel occupancy was up, airline traffic…

Dilip Ratha |

The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

In a few hours, world leaders and representatives from up to 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the highly anticipated United Nations Climate Change Conference, which starts on…

James I Davison |

With apologies in advance to initiatives in a handful of other countries considered world leaders in this area (including Costa Rica, Namibia, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil): Of all the programs in…

Michael Trucano |

US-based migrants may find it much harder to opt for formal channels in sending money to needy family members overseas because of an increasing tendency on the part of a number of US banks to…

Jacqueline Irving |

When participating in discussions with officials planning for the use of computers and the Internet in schools in many developing countries,  I am struck by how child Internet safety issues are…

Michael Trucano |

On the eve of the 2009 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, Bank President Robert Zoellick called on world leaders to reshape the multilateral system and forge a “responsible globalization”—one that…

Angie Gentile |

I had heard that the world spent less on energy R&D than on pet food, so I decided to check. Actually, it's worse than that.    Photo © Sophielouise at Dreamstime Worldwide energy R&D…

Marianne Fay |

 Photo © Julia Bucknall/World Bank The Gulf News is reporting that oil-rich United Arab Emirates is among the few developing countries to host a major international organization. Abu Dhabi will be…

Julia Bucknall |

Recent posts to this blog about the use of mobile phones in education in developing countries have generated a *lot* of page views.  News earlier this year that firms in the United States are…

Michael Trucano |