There’s a good chance you work in the service sector. Services account for 17 million jobs in Thailand, or approximately 40 percent of the Thai labor force. It encompasses diverse industries such…

Ulrich Zachau |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

I was recently awarded the honorary title of “Manbassador” by the Professional Women’s Network (PWN).  PWN is the leading Romanian organization promoting gender equality in the workplace. In…

Ismail Radwan |

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 |

An experience from Belarus on how allocative efficiency analysis changed HIV budgets Belarus’ HIV response is faced with the need to provide treatment to a larger number of people living with HIV…

Clemens Benedikt, Feng Zhao, Marelize Gorgens |

Photo: Talashow / Shutterstock [[tweetable]]Social inclusion: a core development objective in its own right, the foundation for shared prosperity[[/tweetable]], and a major player in poverty…

Piotr Pawlak |

Metropolitan development is important for Romania’s growth. An analysis prepared by the World Bank for the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDPA) indicates…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu |

In 1991, the World Bank Group opened its resident office in Bucharest and this November we will celebrate 25 years of continued presence in Romania. Romania joined the World Bank in 1972, yet it…

Elisabetta Capannelli |

Will cash and checks still exist 15 or 20 years from now given the increasing digitization of money? Is the smartphone our new bank? Will many people working in the financial sector industry lose…

José de Luna-Martínez, Wei Zhang |

The performance by new members of the European Union (EU) in achieving greater development impact and faster convergence is a key concern at the EU level. EU funds can contribute to the…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu |