The journalist who came up with the name junk contracts for the Civil Law Contracts (CLCs) that now regulate the employment of anywhere between 1 and 1.4 million workers in Poland must have known…

Roberta V. Gatti |

Also available in: Français│ Español I recently returned from a trip to West Africa during which I crossed the Benin-Nigeria border by car at the Seme border post. While waiting for our passports…

Cecile Fruman |

Photo: Jutta Benzenberg/World Bank I came to a stark realization recently while working on a report called Poland: Saving for Growth and Prosperous Aging. 20 or 30 years from now, the life I will…

Paulina Ewa Holda |

The IT revolution has transformed labor markets globally in an unprecedented way. New jobs as well as new ways of working have appeared, and traditional skills and jobs have lost their dominance.…

Roberta V. Gatti |

The recent acceleration in growth rates across much of sub-Saharan Africa may not be purely commodity-driven, but for many of the region’s economies macro-economic stability is still dependent on…

Ken Opalo |

don’t worry: your solution (salvation?) has finally arrived! One persistent challenge for educational policymakers and planners related to the potential use of informational and communication…

Michael Trucano |

It’s 38°C (99°F) in Ouagadougou, the capitol city of Burkina Faso, today—and it’s been this hot all week. The end of the warm season is near, but in places like Ouaga (pronounced WAH-ga, as its…

Paul Brenton, Miles McKenna |

Corruption continues to plague customs administrations around the world regardless of their level of development and despite intense public attention. Recent high profile cases in many first world…

Gerard McLinden, Miles McKenna |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |

no worries, everything here is orderly and under control, all money is being accounted for in a clear and timely manner I often find that a sure way to generate rather heated discussions in many…

Michael Trucano |