In 2015, over half a million students—representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies—took the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. The Former…

Bojana Naceva |

The highest performing countries are paying extra attention to the quality of their teachers. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank) The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational…

Marguerite Clarke |

Community members from Nepal learn how to make paper jewelry crafts from Ibasho-Japan members.  (Photo: Margaret Arnold / World Bank) In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April…

Margaret Arnold |

Demonstration of the firefighting system in the Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, by the temple staff and the R-DMUCH professors. (Photo: Barbara Minguez Garcia / World Bank) Bosai (防災) means…

Barbara Minguez Garcia |

Also available in: Russian The “miracle pine, ” a 250-year-old tree that survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan, has been preserved as a memorial to the 19, 000 victims of the disaster. (Photo via…

Ko Takeuchi |

Forever Young: Southern Africa’s Demographic Opportunity There has been an increase in attention on Africa’s changing population. Academics, development organizations and the media (among others,…

Lucilla Maria Bruni, Jamele Rigolini, Sara Troiano |

Also available in: Español and Français High-performing systems set rigorous standards for becoming a teacher in order to ensure that only the most qualified individuals enter classrooms  Ed'…

Betsy Brown Ruzzi |

Miombo trees in the Reserva Nacional do Gilé, Zambézia Province. Photo by Andrea Borgarello for the World Bank

André Rodrigues de Aquino |

Much work remains to be done to ensure reliable electricity access for Africa's citizens. A number of complications are making it difficult to achieve this UN Sustainable Development Goal.…

Charles Feinstein |

About this series More blog posts To help clients achieve their development objectives, the World Bank has established knowledge-sharing "hubs" in countries that have gained valuable…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Keiko Sakoda, Daniel Levine |