When it comes to measuring student learning outcomes, you often hear critics refrain “you can’t fatten a cow by weighing him all the time, ” in an attempt to say that you cannot truly educate…

Harry A. Patrinos |

By Francis Ghesquiere and Olivier Mahul This week, the Resilience Dialogue, bringing together representatives from developing countries, donor agencies and multilateral development banks, will…

Francis Ghesquiere, Olivier Mahul |

Stunning photos we usually associate with the Pacific Islands often overlook the reality for many who live there. Faced with natural hazards and remoteness, they are some of the most vulnerable…

Denis Jordy |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

Did you have a favorite teacher at school? What made that teacher so special? Teachers are the single most important resource we have to ensure that children learn. But the reality is that many…

Claudia Costin |

Also available in Français | Español | 中文 In January, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos to look closely at a young, promising form of…

Heike Reichelt, Alexandra Klöpfer |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank Group professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain…

Miles McKenna |

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in recognition of the contributions this group of countries has made to the world, and to…

Ivan Rossignol |

Winny, an elementary teacher enumerating for the household survey (Uiha Island, Tonga, April 10, 2014). With the support from the Ministry of Education, 35 teachers from Ha'apai participated…

Liana Razafindrazay |

Woman with her baby in a shelter after Tropical Cyclone Ian hit the Ha'apai Islands (Haano Island, Tonga, April 9, 2014). The woman left Haano to deliver her baby in Lifuka Island (the…

Liana Razafindrazay |