Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

Ghana recently held a Family Planning (FP) 2020 stock-taking event as a countdown to the country’s FP 2020 goals and commitment made during the 2012 London summit. The conference, which brought…

Ibironke Folashade Oyatoye |

One of the challenges presented by the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the UN 2030 Agenda is where to begin. Afrobarometer, which conducts public attitude surveys in…

E. Gyimah-Boadi |

For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to be the World Bank’s resident economist for Mauritius and Seychelles. With this now coming to an end, here are some especially striking…

Alex Sienaert |

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed headlines and slashed price tags. Urban planners are…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

In the previous blog, we discussed how remote sensing techniques could be used to map and inform policymaking in secondary cities, with a practical application in 10 Central American cities. In…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

Countries are facing increasingly frequent negative impacts from adverse natural events. Central America, a region prone and vulnerable to disasters, is a clear example. Just from 1992 to 2011,…

Oscar A. Ishizawa, Juan Jose Miranda |

[[tweetable]]When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence.[[/tweetable]] Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

The stat is appalling: [[tweetable]]1 in 3 women worldwide have or will experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.[[/tweetable]] Although it may take…

Sweta Shrestha, Ram Devineni, Isabel Santagostino, Margarita Puerto, Rocio Calidonio |

Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald’s, the fast food chain operates around 34, 000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-…

Borko Handjiski |