In the past decade, the GCC countries have made a number of steps towards improving women’s access to education, health care, and employment, as well as encouraging women to participate in…

Issam Abousleiman |

  The Richtersveld Community Conservancy on the south border of the Richtersveld National Park in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Photo: John Hogg/World Bank  This week I was at the G7…

Karin Erika Kemper |

The wheels of justice turn slowly, so the saying goes. But can the use of expert witnesses help turn them a little faster? Or are they just cogs in the wheels? An expert witness is a person with a…

Gladys Senderayi, Tatjana Sofijanic, Olga Šipka |

In the classroom. Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Z. Mrdja/World Bank In terms of schooling, Serbia has made great strides in ensuring universal access to pre-primary, primary, and lower-secondary…

Harry A. Patrinos, Syedah Aroob Iqbal |

According to a new regional report titled Breaking the Cycle of Roma Exclusion in the Western Balkans, disparities between Roma and neighboring non-Roma individuals persist across the Western…

Andrea Woodhouse, Shruti Majumdar |

As a transport specialist – and an avid motorist – I travel across Azerbaijan on a regular basis, both for business and pleasure. As such, I can attest that the country’s road infrastructure,…

Nijat Valiyev |

Photo: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank The trope of a government office worker, discontent with their work, grumbling about paperwork and administrative tasks, is a cliché. An equally…

Hélène Pfeil |

It’s a cold spring day in Baku, and several students from Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) are huddled around a laptop trying to project an image onto their classroom wall.  …

Igor Kheyfets, Naveed Hassan Naqvi |

A few weeks ago, The Economist published an article on economic governance that discussed the importance of public sector accounting. It recognized the importance of maintaining existing public-…

Ed Olowo-Okere |