Aerial view of the landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. © Kate Evans/CIFOR This blog post was originally published on Project Syndicate. Today, only 30% of the world…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Anna Wellenstein |

  A new World Bank study finds that some Chilean technicians with a two-year degree have education returns that are only slightly lower than those of professionals. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World…

Diego Angel-Urdinola |

We’re pleased to announce support for 12 projects which seek to improve the way development data are produced, managed, and used. They bring together diverse teams of collaborators from around the…

World Bank Data Team |

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 |

We are all aware of the statistics: [[tweetable]]cities are home to more than 50% of the world’s population, [[/tweetable]] and they are growing so fast that 66 out of 100 people on earth will be…

Soraya Goga |

Enumerators in Ecuador collecting water sample for water quality test. Credit: World Bank team in Ecuador Over the last few years, the international community has been busy establishing new…

Ana María Oviedo, Libbet Loughnan |

Romania has transformed tremendously in the past decades.  Like its neighbors, the former transition economy has decisively committed to European Union (EU) integration. This has opened up great…

Irina Schuman |

Also available in Bahasa Indonesia Women are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls’ education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

While driving around rural areas of Puno in Peru, Caaguazú in Paraguay or Granada in Nicaragua, do not be surprised to see women lifting rocks from the roads and using shovels and picks alongside…

Maria Margarita Nunez |

Recently planted avocado trees in the Alto Laran district, in Peru. A five hours’ drive south of Lima lays the coastal provinces of Chincha. If one heads inland into the deserted mountains that…

Maria Margarita Nunez |