Imagine you fall ill or have a serious accident. You survive, but to recover you need extensive medical care. The problem? You don’t have insurance and have to pay out of pocket. Your life savings…

Pranav Mohan |

Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

The 70’s were waning and the loudspeaker was still blaring disco. The celebration in this middle class New Delhi neighborhood was noticeable. It was a party to welcome a new car, which like a new…

Rakesh Tripathi |

The Alliance and Accord have been working over the past three years with more than 1, 500 factories to help them meet new fire and building safety standards The China sourcing conundrum In…

Mark Jones, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo |

Financial technology — or FinTech — is changing the financial sector on a global scale. It is also enabling the expansion of financial services to low-income families who have been unable to…

Joaquim Levy |

ICT services offered by I Got Garbage in Bangalore [[tweetable]]Web platforms, apps, and citizen surveys are changing how solid waste management services are conducted globally[[/tweetable]] and…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao, Claire Markgraf |

For the first time in history, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Milk collection center - India. Photo: National Dairy Development Board India is the world’s largest producer as well as consumer of milk and milk products. India nevertheless faces a shortage of…

Shanker Lal |

Digital connectivity is viewed by many in technology and development circles as central to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Luminaries supporting the Connectivity…

Zahid Hasnain |