"Disability is no barrier. Landmine victims play volleyball." Photo: AusAID I am often asked how “we” – development professionals and practitioners at large - can make a difference to...

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Sweety, Liza, Asad, Zulfikar and many others like them had a common dream – to have good careers and let their families have a better life. Realization of that dream should have been simple –...

Ahamad Tanvirul Alam Chowdhury |

​​Junaid Ahmad,  World Bank Group Senior Director for Water, and Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender,  wrote a blog for Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of World Toilet Day. ...

Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Caren Grown |

Arne Hoel/World Bank Bangladesh has set an ambitious goal to become a middle-income country by 2021—the year it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence. Equally important to achieving...

Iffath Sharif, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic...

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

Students at the Vhuerdiah village in Babuganj, Barishal. Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan/World Bank A number of incidents this year have highlighted the challenging circumstances in which girls attend...

Niaz Asadullah, Zaki Wahhaj |

It is said short absence quickens love, long absence kills it.  This is not always true in reality. One case is remittance behavior of long-term migrants. The remittance literature argues that the...

Zahid Hussain |

Since gaining independence in 1971, food security issues in Bangladesh have been amongst the highest priorities on the government’s agenda. This is because Bangladesh faces a number of demographic...

Sylvia Szabo |

David Waldorf/World Bank In introductory macroeconomic class, students learn the theory of the multiplier and many interesting counterintuitive notions such as the paradox of thrift and the...

Zahid Hussain |