World Bank Country Manager for Romania Elisabetta Capannelli and her daughter,  who was an orphan in Manilla before joining Capannelli's family. Reeling from a long year of work and toil,…

Elisabetta Capannelli |

The 2008 financial crisis was a “wake up” call to many teachers in the United States and Canada. As families lost their homes and parents lost jobs, they began to appreciate the importance of kids…

Ivor Beazley |

Whereas everybody agrees that Russia would benefit from a more diversified economic structure to sustain higher growth rates and living standards, the question is how to achieve it. In the…

Donato De Rosa |

The conventional wisdom is that low world prices for oil only hurt rich exporting countries, while generating a windfall for poor net importer economies. However, in Central Asia, the story is…

Aurelien Kruse |

We have all seen the numbers before: Over the coming decades, many countries in the developed and developing world alike will significantly age. One particular number to describe this development…

Johannes Koettl |

I was quite surprised recently to find out that a poll of 1, 066 people across Yerevan and all ten regions of Armenia revealed substantial gaps in public awareness of food safety and people's…

Vigen Sargsyan |

After one and a half days of intense discussions in Moscow with a group of experts from four continents, I have come away excited and energized by the possibilities of making students more aware…

John Ivor Beazley |

Reform of the residential and utilities sector in Ukraine is now imminent, as much as the modernization of law enforcement or reform of the public health care system. In fact, Ukrainians deal with…

Grzegorz Gajda |

2015 is set to be a year of recession for Russia – with economic growth likely to come out somewhere between -2 and -4 percent. The latest World Bank forecast for June projects a 2.7 percent…

Birgit Hansl |

In Tajikistan, primary health care (PHC) accounts for just 27 percent of public health spending and yet PHC accounts for over 70 percent of all referrals and health visits across the country.…

Sarvinoz Barfieva |