South Asia is home to some of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 million people—half of the region’s population—were affected by one or…

Ditte Fallesen, Haris Khan, Ahsan Tehsin, Atishay Abbhi |

Connecting the Drops for Impact - Today and Tomorrow

Jennifer J. Sara |

A new World Bank study concludes that the Belt and Road transport corridors could substantially improve trade, foreign investment, and living conditions for citizens in participating countries—but…

Martin Raiser, Michele Ruta |

Investors want to ensure that their investment will be subject to predictable and stable rules and are well-protected from arbitrary government conduct. One fundamental set of tools that…

Trang Tran, Priyanka Kher |

After a brief hiatus, the office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group was reunited last week with DEC, the well-known Research Department of the World Bank. This led me to reflect on a…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

When it comes to trade, speed is of the essence. This is especially true for developing countries integrating with global markets. When goods and inputs are time sensitive, delays can be…

Nadia Rocha, Suprabha Baniya, Michele Ruta |

Also available in: Français  After months of early NY Penn Station mornings trying to remember whether to get on the Amtrak north to New Haven or south to DC, I am thrilled to transition from…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Photo: eLearning Africa Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-…

Sheila Jagannathan |

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by China to improve cooperation on a trans-continental scale. The range of projects and activities that will be part of the…

Michele Ruta, Alen Mulabdic, Siobhan Murray, Nadia Rocha, François de Soyres |

A major objective of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is to reduce the time and cost it takes to transport goods and people across BRI economies. Many of these countries face serious gaps in…

Maggie Xiaoyang Chen |