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 |

Since the Edelman company began tracking trust with its Trust Barometer, never has the world seen such an “implosion of trust.” In 2017, two-thirds of countries fell into “distruster” territory…

Steve Utterwulghe |

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 |

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 |

Is bigger always better? Economists have long debated what size firms are more likely to drive business expansion and job creation. In industrial countries like the United States, small (young)…

Jacques Morisset, Mahjabeen Haji, Jacques Morisset |

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 |