As part of the World Bank’s September 2019 global poverty update published a few weeks ago, metadata on the comparability of poverty estimates within countries over time was added to the PovcalNet…

R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Tony Fujs, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Christoph Lakner, Minh Cong Nguyen, Espen Beer Prydz |

Clearly, Africa’s strong reform drive is cause for celebration. The sober truth, however, is that the world’s most difficult places for businesses are still largely found in Africa

Hafez Ghanem, Sérgio Pimenta |

Even though Thailand is now an upper-middle income country that has nearly eradicated extreme poverty, data show that poverty reduction has slowed down and have been uneven across the country.

Judy Yang |

A vibrant private sector is a powerful driver of jobs and can underpin sustainable economic growth, fueling innovation and poverty reduction.

Akihiko Nishio |

In countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal…

Martin Spicer, Franck Bousquet |

Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

Chocolate is becoming more and more of a luxury item for most consumers. However, the situation among producers in Côte d'Ivoire is vastly different.

Jacques Morisset |

A new report focuses on how Southeast Asia can overcome the still very significant barriers to the expansion of its digital economy.

Boutheina Guermazi, Natasha Beschorner |