Boat passengers in rural Bangladesh. Photo credit: Erik Nora When my team and I saw this boat passing by us in July 2013 in rural Bangladesh, near the border with Mizoram, Northeast India, and…

Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |

Most of us attendees were novices in the area of inland water transportation in India and were curious to know what Arnab Bandyopadhay, Senior Transport Engineer at the World Bank’s India country…

Shivika Singh |

Guest workers have played an integral role in the Gulf since the 1970s where the demographic changes accompanying these labor flows occurred at an extraordinarily rapid pace. The region’s…

Zahid Hussain |

one way to collect data of a certain sort while mobile Much has been made of the potential use of mobile phones to help collect, verify and disseminate information quickly, widely and cheaply in…

Michael Trucano |

tablets loom increasingly large on the horizon in many places [also available in Thai] Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya ("6, 000 primary schools picked for free laptop project…

Michael Trucano |

When I was back in school, and long before I had come across names like Wilbur Schramm or Manuel Castells, I remember learning about the power of new information  and communication technologies to…

Michael Trucano |

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) annually brings together "more than 1, 000 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries to explore how…

Michael Trucano |

It is hard to talk about South Asia without invoking its demographics. The region will contribute nearly 40 percent of the growth in the world’s working age (15-64) population, and will need to…

Mabruk Kabir |

Earlier this year, Mohammed Faruk Ahmed was one of 37, 000 Bangladeshi migrant workers forced to flee the conflict in Libya. Forsaking his job and only source of income, he returned home empty…

Naomi Ahmad |

How do you keep computers in schools in working order? Basic technical maintenance is a perennial challenge for many schools in developing countries.  The phenomenon of unused -- and unusable! --…

Michael Trucano |