Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it.

Dalal Moosa, Federica Saliola |

If there is a single lesson to draw from the pandemic, it is that transparency in public information can save lives and improve economic outcomes, by enhancing societal trust in the state.

Ferid Belhaj |

Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic...

Ferid Belhaj |

Investing in and protecting human capital is a key element of the first institution-wide strategy on fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) of the World Bank Group. Health is a critical element of...

Muhammad Ali Pate, Franck Bousquet |

In the past decade, the GCC countries have made a number of steps towards improving women’s access to education, health care, and employment, as well as encouraging women to participate in...

Issam Abousleiman |

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 |

On February 20, 2015, World Bank missions to Yemen were suspended due to increased security concerns. One particularly eye-opening graphic gives a rough glance at what Yemen would look like if it...

Moad Alrubaidi, Charles Fox |

In countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal...

Martin Spicer, Franck Bousquet |

         Before the conflict began in Yemen in 2015, 10-year-old Raheeb Al Kamali used to play football in a playground with his friends every afternoon in the AlTawahi District of Aden. Cristiano...

Tahir Akbar, Adnan Awan |