Christina Wieser and Miriam Bruhn report on their latest randomized controlled trials (RCT), about the impact of digital financial services. This RCT has, once again, helped them show how digital…

Christina Wieser, Miriam Bruhn |

A fruit and vegetable stand in Kampala. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank According to The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, Africa is forecasted to produce just 100 million new jobs by 2035, while…

Michelle Kaffenberger, Munshi Sulaiman, Dianne Calvi |

Photo: Trocaire | Flickr Creative Commons In war-torn post-1991 Somalia, running water was a scarce commodity, to the misfortune of millions of people. Members of local communities rose to the…

Yolanda Tayler, Nazaneen Ismail Ali, Simeon Sahaydachny, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

Across developing countries, only 63 percent of adults have a bank account, according to our friends over at the Findex.  And we’ve seen a couple of papers with targeted populations that suggest…

Markus Goldstein |

] As in most other regions, trucks reign supreme on freight transport across the Western Balkans, a region that encompasses six countries including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR…

Romain Pison |

Persuasion does not always involve an epiphany. Often, attitudes are formed and opinions are shaped by the steady accumulation of evidence and examples. And so, it has been for me when it comes to…

Ivaylo Kolev |

Ceilings on lending rates remain a widely-used instrument in many EMDEs as well as developed economies. The economic and political rationale for putting ceilings on lending rates is to protect…

Aurora Ferrari, Oliver Masetti |

In most developing countries, cities are struggling with the demands of growing urbanization. A major challenge is the lack of sufficient, effectively managed financial resources. For instance,…

Sameh Wahba |

The World Bank partnered with the Women’s Media Center “Let’s Talk Money” radio show to help build financial stability in Cambodia. Risky financial behaviors among Cambodians of the post-…

Ratchada Anantavrasilpa |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |