Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the...

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

Rubi’s Story: Exulted, Rubi ran home. As fast as her fifteen-year-old legs could carry her, she ran, exam in hand, excited to share the results with her family. The results, she believed, would...

Lucia Hanmer |

In February of this year the Syrian Center for Policy Research issued a report stating that 470, 000 Syrians had been killed in the war and 1.9 million wounded. That was 10 months ago and with the...

Omer Karasapan |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public...

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

It has taken almost three years for Adnan to get back to school. After fleeing Syria, and an uncertain stay in Turkey, then another in Austria, he and his mother finally found asylum in Berlin in...

Simon Thacker |

Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post blog. The bloody civil wars that wracked Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1990s did more than kill hundreds of...

Emre Özaltın, Aakanksha H Pande, Ziad Obermeyer |

There are innumerable obstacles to achieving the new education sustainable development goals. Thankfully, there are probably even more answers. How we finance education systems may offer one such...

Peter Holland |

To reinvigorate growth in Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called for more common projects in the European Union (EU). And he emphasized that these efforts need to meet a set...

Doerte Doemeland, Arup Banerji, Sanja Madzarevic-Sujster |

I have been looking for possible sources of investment and possible markets that would help both Syrian refugees and their host communities, and, as someone who has worked on the subject of the...

John Speakman |

With the school year starting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), millions of children are busily preparing to resume their studies. Some, caught in conflict, may not be able to go to...

Safaa El-Kogali |