This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |

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 |

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

Even in the most challenging places, investment and growth are possible. And of all the places most in need of development, the Sahel must sit near the top of the list.

Aliou Maiga |

More efficient ACs that run on environmentally-friendly refrigerants will be vital to solve the cooling crunch and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In the Middle East and North Africa Region (…

Helena Naber, Thanavat Junchaya, Jeff Gibson |

Progress towards women’s entrepreneurial development has increased over the past ten years. However, female entrepreneurs continue to face multiple obstacles in their journey – one of them being…

Maereg Tewoldebirhan Alemayehu, Kavell Joseph |

“We are truly free, and as long as the tractor is working and helping us generate income, there’s no going back.” On my recent trip to Chad, I was impressed by the optimism and confidence of women…

Annette Dixon |

The rise of blockchain promises to revolutionize many sectors, including cross-border trade logistics and global supply chains: blockchain can help track international shipments more effectively,…

Chi Fung Fan, Almud Weitz, Yin Lam |

At a recent event at the World Bank’s annual Spring Meetings, Ibrahim AlSuwail, Deputy Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority (SAGIA), discussed just how far the Kingdom has come…

Issam Abousleiman |