Turkey’s bid to join the European Union (EU) may finally be getting “back on track, ” according to the bloc’s top official for enlargement. And while that track may still have a number of hurdles…

Donald F. Larson, Miles McKenna |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank Group professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain…

Miles McKenna |

For client countries of the World Bank, there is no shortage of interest in—or desire for—information on trade flows and market access. Improving trade performance is a critical component of many…

Amir Fouad, Ian Gillson |

The EU-Turkey customs union (CU) has been a key catalyst in the economic transformation of Turkey over the past two decades and an effective mechanism for deeper integration between the two…

Ian Gillson, 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 |

there's something electric on the horizon in Turkey Uruguay. Peru. The U.S. State of Maine. South Korea. Portugal. A number of places around the world have made very large, (hopefully)…

Michael Trucano |

Diversification of a country’s exports – increasing both the number of products it produces and the destinations of those products – is considered part of the path to development. Many economists…

Gonzalo Varela, Julia Oliver |

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 |

Technology use in schools at reasonably large scale began in many OECD countries in earnest in the 1980s and then accelerated greatly in the 1990s, as the Internet and falling hardware prices…

Michael Trucano |

The recent launch of the E-Pustakalaya digital library in Nepal is one example of the innovative ways that countries are exploring how to provide learning materials to schools in electronic…

Michael Trucano |