In Central Asia, government agencies and water utilities are faced with aging infrastructure, inefficiencies, and poor performance, and have thus embarked upon critical sector reforms to address…

Lilia Burunciuc |

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 |

In recognition of the vulnerabilities of small island states, we are responding to their aspirations and supporting their recovery and resilience building efforts in five inter-connected ways.

Tahseen Sayed, Christelle Chapoy |

This year, the annual Doing Business Report – by far the most anticipated and cited World Bank publication – celebrates its 15th year. Starting in 2003, the fledgling report, which covers about…

Stefka Slavova |

Photo: Sinkdd/Flickr For many countries, damages and losses related to transport are a significant proportion of the economic impacts of disasters, often more than destruction to housing and…

Shanika Hettige, Shoko Takemoto, Robert Lucas |

Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do…

Yabei zhang |

Global competition to attract foreign and domestic direct investment is so high that nearly all countries offer incentives (such as tax holidays, customs duty exemptions and subsidized loans) to…

Harald Jedlicka, Yassin Sabha |

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 |