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 |

Imagine having to skip work every month to travel to the city center just to pay your electricity bill or your child’s school fee? Would you not worry if your income relied on remittances and you…

Leora Klapper, Ruth Goodwin-Groen |

Maasai women make, sell and display their bead work in Kajiado, Kenya. 2010. Photo: © Georgina Goodwin/World Bank Kenya’s financial sector has expanded rapidly over the last decade and lending to…

Gunhild Berg, Edoardo Totolo, Michael J. Fuchs |

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 |

During SIWI World Water Week 2015, World Bank Group Lead Infrastructure Specialist, Richard MacGeorge,  presented on the challenges of financing for development in the water sector. It’s been 27…

Richard MacGeorge |

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 |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

​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 |

This week at the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, we’ve seen the birth of a new era in global health financing.   The World Bank Group, together with our…