Young children in Uzbekistan play with mind-stimulating games. Photo: Matluba Mukhamedova / World Bank ​Did you know that investments in early childhood are crucial for achieving the brain’s full...

Dorota Chapko, Omar Arias |

The White Nile in South Sudan. Photo by Steve Utterwulghe. As I was landing in Juba, the bustling capital of South Sudan, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my days working in Khartoum for the UN...

Steve Utterwulghe, Patrick Banya |

photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​Consider this: By the time you had breakfast this morning, the world’s urban population grew by some 15, 000 people. This number will increase to 180, 000 people...

Keith Hansen |

Young Brazilians learning hairdresser skills under a vocational program run by Sistema S. Photo credit: Mariana Ceratti/World Bank While Brazil faces a difficult fiscal and economic situation...

Claudia Costin |

​Since childhood,  Gircilene Gilca de Castro dreamed of owning her own business, but struggled to get it off the ground. Her fledgling food service company in Brazil had only two employees and one...

Jin-Yong Cai, Elizabeth L. Littlefield, Dina Powell |

Sub-Saharan Arica has launched a new wave of “special economic zones” (SEZs), with more and more countries establishing or planning to establish SEZs or industrial parks. However, can Africa...

Cecile Fruman, Douglas Zhihua Zeng |

Paving a highway in Brazil. In 2014, Brazil's  infrastructure investment commitments ​drove an overall global increase. In March we released the update from the Private Participation in...

Clive Harris |

What is online outsourcing, and how could countries leverage it to create new jobs for youth and women? Those are questions we will help answer as part of an upcoming report and toolkit. The World...

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, Siou Chew Kuek |

Digital entrepreneurs have the potential to connect to global markets like never before. Whether selling physical goods on internet platforms, or providing digital goods and services that can be...

Rosanna Chan, Michael Ferrantino, Miles McKenna |