It was a cold evening back in 2004 when a few students and professors of Ramjas College of the University of Delhi got together and initiated an idea that would form the basis for improving…

Dulanii Liyanahetti |

I have some good news to share on the energy front from the experience of two tiny communities of 1, 100 people on Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. Results of a study published November 26 in Science…

Daniel Kammen |

Compare South Korea and Malaysia in 1970 and compare them again in 2009. South Korea was a third poorer back then and is now three times richer. Even more remarkable has been South Korea’s ability…

Philip Schellekens |

Most educational interventions are widely considered successful if they increase test-scores -- which indicate cognitive ability. Presumably, this is because higher test-scores in school imply…

Jishnu Das |

Alternatives to the traditional public school system are actively being sought and radical approaches for expanding school accountability are being widely touted.  For example, in the award-…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Speaking with colleague Ahsan Tehsin, who worked on the Bank's damage and needs assessment for Pakistan. I have always had a desire to work in a developing country and have felt a pull…

Zeeshan Suhail |

My life has always been connected to nature -- from the banks of the River Boyne in southern Ireland where I grew up as a child, to the shorelines of California and Hawaii where I reside with my…

Pierce Brosnan |

and this is no joke.  Some time ago, I travelled to rural Nepal to supervise joint DFID/World Bank work in improving access to remote communities. To reach the first village, Dailekh, we took a…

Peter O'Neill |

World Bank Open Forum: On October 7-8, the world's financial leaders will be in Washington, D.C., working together to find solutions to the most pressing issues in the wake of the financial…

Joe Qian |

Disasters seemingly have become so commonplace lately that many of us have become desensitized to them. Watching disaster unfold has become like hearing a cacophony of voices on a busy street but…

Ray Nakshabendi |