Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

  In 2015, over half a million students—representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies—took the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. The Former…

Bojana Naceva |

According to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017, ” Hong Kong dropped two notches to rank as No. 9 in its Global Competitiveness Index. The decline occurred mainly…

Dr. Winnie Tang, Juni Tingting Zhu |

What’s the latest research in international trade and integration? Researchers from the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO recently gathered for a one-day workshop to present their latest research on…

Alejandro Forero, Ana Fernandes |

Slideshow: Reimagining a park, a river, and other public spaces in Seoul (Photos by Judy Zheng Jia / World Bank) [[tweetable]]"If you lose the human scale, the city becomes an ugly place,…

Judy Zheng Jia, Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Bidgood, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

[[tweetable]]We are witnessing a pivotal moment in a decades-long effort to combat climate change.[[/tweetable]] Last year in Paris, world leaders came together for the first time to commit to…

Thomas Kansy |

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 |

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) for Bank financed projects have carried out financial and procurement audits. In Poland, this initially started more than a decade ago and there have been several…

Jingrong He |

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the China Daily, USA. A technician carries out a blood test for HIV virus at Jinan AIDS lab in East China's Shandong province on Nov 30, 2015. [Photo/IC]…

Tim Evans |