Ghana recently held a Family Planning (FP) 2020 stock-taking event as a countdown to the country’s FP 2020 goals and commitment made during the 2012 London summit. The conference, which brought...

Ibironke Folashade Oyatoye |

La facilitación del comercio es la base del proceso de integración económica regional de Centroamérica; sin embargo, aún existen muchas barreras y limitaciones al comercio en todos los niveles....

Mayra Alfaro de Morán |

© Maria Fleischmann/World Bank Sustainability is the holy grail of development. There are many interventions that yield positive results in the short term but somehow fail to be sustained over...

Oscar Calvo-González, Abel Cruz, Marco Hernandez |

© Maria Fleischmann/Banco Mundial La sostenibilidad es el santo grial del desarrollo. Muchas intervenciones logran un impacto positivo en el corto plazo, pero de alguna manera no logran ser...

Oscar Calvo-González, Abel Cruz, Marco Hernandez |

Trading across borders in Central America has been a severe problem for many years. In 2017, cargo trucks used to spend 10 hours to travel less than one kilometer across the borders between...

Mayra Alfaro de Morán |

3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s...

Margaret Miller |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream...

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |

Countries are facing increasingly frequent negative impacts from adverse natural events. Central America, a region prone and vulnerable to disasters, is a clear example. Just from 1992 to 2011,...

Oscar A. Ishizawa, Juan Jose Miranda |

The largest Public-Private Partnership deal in Central America was recently highlighted at one of the world’s most prestigious universities during the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT...

Bernardo Weaver |

Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. [[tweetable]]In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide[[/tweetable]] . While the primary responsibility for...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Bernard Harborne |