Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target...

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of...

World Bank Data Team |

Also available in: Español With the contribution of Kali Azzi-Huck, Anusha Ramakrishnan, and Yinan Zhang A portrait of Selina Dougas, lost her old sister, Hawa Komo to Ebola, at the Cape Community...

Shawn Powers, Kaliope Azzi-Huck |

  Children in the town of Gueckedou, Guinea, an area hard hit by the Ebola outbreak. Photo credits: ©afreecom/Idrissa Soumaré  EU/ECHO ​In a part of Sub-Saharan Africa where life is far from easy...

Claudia Costin |

The most recent data show significant strides in reducing maternal mortality at the national level over the past 20 years.  Improvements in access to maternal health care, especially in skilled...

Haruna Kashiwase |

There were more than 7 billion people on earth in 2013. While this is the highest number ever, the population growth rate has been steadily declining, in part due to declining fertility rates. ...

Emi Suzuki |

As countries all across Africa recognize International Day of the African Child today, I thought it would be a timely opportunity to blog about the progress of under-five child mortality rates...

Dereje Ketema Wolde |

Most educational interventions are widely considered successful if they increase test-scores -- which indicate cognitive ability. Presumably, this is because higher test-scores in school imply...

Jishnu Das |