The first time a World Bank education team tried classroom observations in Brazil, it nearly provoked a state-wide teachers’ strike. It was October 2009 in the northeast state of Pernambuco and…

Daphna Berman |

Photo: Debbie Hildreth Pisarcik | Flickr Creative Commons Several years ago, after almost two decades at various investment banks, I joined the World Bank’s Financial Solutions team. I had always…

Sebnem Erol Madan |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

Since the presentation of the World Bank’s first Africa Climate Business Plan at the COP 21 in Paris in 2015 and the Transport Chapter in Marrakech in 2016, a lot of progress has been made on…

Tara Shirvani, Andrew Losos, Shomik Mehndiratta |

Around 250 million migrants currently live outside their countries of birth, making up approximately 3.5 percent of the world population. Despite the widespread perception of a global migration…

Caglar Ozden |

Niñas en la escuela. Pakistán. © Caroline Suzman/Banco Mundial Durante mi infancia en Pakistán, a menudo me preguntaba por qué se esperaba que los niños se convirtieran en médicos o ingenieros…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

فتيات في مدرسة. باكستان. كارولاين سوزمان/ البنك الدولي. حيث أنني تربيت في باكستان، كثيرا ماكنت أتساءل لماذا كان يُتوقع للأولاد أن يصبحوا أطباء ومهندسين، بينما كان يتم تشجيع الفتيات، وأنا بينهن،…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

Girls attend school. Pakistan. © Caroline Suzman/World Bank Growing up in Pakistan, I often wondered why boys were expected to become doctors or engineers while girls, including me, were…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

(Photo: Michael Haws / World Bank) When we talk about the future of work, it is important to include perspectives, ideas and solutions from young people as they are the driving force that can…

Esteve Sala |

The time is right to act on this issue in Pakistan. If we do not address violence against women and girls, sustainable growth will remain elusive. Almost one in three married Pakistani women…

Uzma Quresh, Tanya D'Lima |