At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic...

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (center) and Minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana (left) work with children during the recent "Smart Rwanda Days" conference in Kigali. “Smart” is in. So is...

Samia Melhem, Arleen Seed, Roger Burks |

In developing countries, small businesses employ a disproportionate share of the population: SMEs comprise two-thirds of formal private sector employment in emerging markets and create 95 percent...

Anabel Gonzalez |

It’s 38°C (99°F) in Ouagadougou, the capitol city of Burkina Faso, today—and it’s been this hot all week. The end of the warm season is near, but in places like Ouaga (pronounced WAH-ga, as its...

Paul Brenton, Miles McKenna |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of...

Massimiliano Calì |