It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that...

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

Financing UHC efficiently and equitably is important to ensure inclusive growth—especially since the health sector accounts for 11 percent of global GDP.

Kristalina Georgieva |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home...

Martin Spicer |

© Dominic Chavez/Global Financing Facility [[tweetable]]Still today, in almost all societies around the world, women are less well-off than men.[[/tweetable]] Women are still paid less than men;...

Kristalina Georgieva |

Globally 2.9 million people died from household air pollution in 2015, caused by cooking over foul, smoky fires from solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and agricultural crop...

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Bjorn Klavdy Larsen |

Community members from Nepal learn how to make paper jewelry crafts from Ibasho-Japan members.  (Photo: Margaret Arnold / World Bank) In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April...

Margaret Arnold |

The Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) pilots taught us a great deal about how to make skills training more female-friendly and how to improve the quality of skills training broadly. They also...

Sarah Haddock, Shubha Chakravarty |

About this series More blog posts All societies are guided by a certain number of rules - formal or not, written or unwritten, that define how members of the community are expected to behave, how...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maria Beatriz Orlando |

Specialists in Sri Lanka receive training on the InaSafe risk assessment platform. © World Bank ​​When I first heard about OpenStreetMap (OSM) – the so called Wikipedia of maps, built by...

Alanna Simpson |

Photo: Dr. Michel Chancy, State Secretary for Animal Production in Haiti Rabies is a serious public health problem in Haiti. Although human rabies in the Americas has declined by more than 95%...

Caroline Plante |