Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Profiles of women reformers making it easier to do business around the world

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we highlight the accomplishments of five leaders who have delivered much needed regulatory reforms benefiting entrepreneurs.

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

We recently published a paper, Intergenerational Impact of Population Shocks on Children’s Health: Evidence from the 1993-2001 Refugee Crisis in Tanzania, that looks at the long-term impacts of…

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, Paolo Verme |

The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050.

Sameh Wahba |

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 |

Co-authored with Mik Schulte Teachers standing by a water pump outside a school in rural Tanzania.  I recently spent some time traveling around rural Tanzania, trying to better understand the way…

Jacqueline Tront |

Mwajuma* was 15 in rural Shinyanga when her parents informed her she would not be going to school anymore – she was getting married. She never objected. Several of her peers had similarly had…

Quentin Wodon, Loy Nabeta |

Paris Peace Forum. © Ibrahim Ajaja/World Bank [[tweetable]]This week marks 100 years since the end of World War I. One hundred years since an armistice encouraged battling sides to lay down their…

Franck Bousquet |

Growing a business is not easy, and for women firm owners the challenges can be acute, especially when they are poor and run subsistence level firms. In developing countries, 22 percent of women…

Mayra Buvinic, Joao Montalvao, Amy Copley |