A building can be a home, a shelter, a place of work and learning. It can also be the most significant investment of a lifetime, the wealth-base of a household, and the foundation for a resilient…

Ana Campos Garcia, Theresa Abrassart, Louisa Helen Barker |

Last year, the world’s cities generated more than two billion tonnes of solid waste. For developed cities with effective waste management systems in place, this is an easy stat to ignore. Once…

Eric Dickson |

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 |

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 |

Almost two years ago I was given the opportunity to move to Malawi as the World Bank’s senior country economist. It was a chance that I jumped at, having previously worked in Lilongwe for three…

Richard Record |

A Ghanaian carpenter shapes wood for a coffin in his workshop. ©Jonathan Ernst/World Bank The inaugural Annual Bank Conference on Africa examined strategies for converting economic growth into…

Gareth Austin |

Let's think together: Every Sunday the World Bank in Tanzania in collaboration with The Citizen wants to stimulate your thinking by sharing data from recent official surveys in Tanzania and…

Waly Wane, Jacques Morisset, Isis Gaddis |