Nestled in the mountains surrounding the lush path carved by the Yeşilırmak river, the Hasan Uğurlu Hydropower Plant serves as a shrine to energy efficiency in Turkey. The surrounding lush…

Saadet Muge Ulku |

The wheels of justice turn slowly, so the saying goes. But can the use of expert witnesses help turn them a little faster? Or are they just cogs in the wheels? An expert witness is a person with a…

Gladys Senderayi, Tatjana Sofijanic, Olga Šipka |

According to a new regional report titled Breaking the Cycle of Roma Exclusion in the Western Balkans, disparities between Roma and neighboring non-Roma individuals persist across the Western…

Andrea Woodhouse, Shruti Majumdar |

At the World Bank, we know that social inclusion is not only the right thing but also the economically smart thing to do. More inclusive societies are more likely to make the most of their entire…

Linda Van Gelder, Dominik Koehler, Nicholas Menzies |

A massive storm system brought historic flooding across South Eastern Europe in 2014, causing more than $2 billion in damages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and shrinking Serbia’s economy by nearly a…

Daniel Werner Kull, Michael Staudinger |

We know that LGBTI discrimination is not just a personal problem, it is an economic development challenge. Discrimination is not only inherently unjust, but “there are substantial costs—social,…

Dominik Koehler, Georgia Harley, Nicholas Menzies |

Since arriving to the Western Balkans nearly one year ago, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with extraordinary people around the region - one of the most interesting and dynamic…

Linda Van Gelder |

Victims of crime are among the most vulnerable groups in need of government services - from basic information to shelters, hotlines, health and psychological services, legal assistance, and more.…

Georgia Harley, Margaux Roussel, Marina Matic |

Tim Cordell, Cartoonstock.com We know that the justice system dampens the business climate in many of the countries where we work. In Bank reports, national strategies, and in common parlance, we…

Georgia Harley, Olga Šipka |

It is often said that job creation in growing economies sacrifices quality for quantity. Skeptics argue that job growth occurs in low-wage occupations and low-productivity sectors, are temporary…

Ximena Del Carpio |