Women’s participation in Turkey’s labor force is comparatively low. Why is that, especially when Turkey has acted to increase women’s skills and education? One reason is that more needs to be done…

Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet, Meltem Aran |

Photo: UN Photo/Bernardino Suares In late 2011, as part of our Institutions Taking Root (ITR) series, my colleagues and I visited some of the most remote villages in Timor-Leste to seek feedback…

Catherine Anderson |

The SAFE Trust Fund application (Word document) is now open until 27 February 2015.  What is SAFE?   SAFE means Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment. It is a Trust Fund group…

Soukeyna Kane |

#ARTF's Ditte Fallesen describes the opportunities and challenges around #opendata in Afghanistan. Photo: Sandra Moscoco [[tweetable]]​There's a lot of energy around the role of open…

Sandra Moscoso |

During his July 19-22 visit to Turkey, World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick put his finger on a key issue, female participation in the Turkish workforce. It wasn't a coincidence that…

Asli Gurkan |

Having lived through the 1989 fall of the Berlin wall – and its subsequent domino effect through the region– we have been watching the ongoing Arab Spring with a strong sense of familiarity.

Martin Raiser, Jana Kunicova |

Child malnutrition may not be apparent to parents, especially if other children in the village look the same. Similarly, it can be hard for parents to recognize when their children are doing…

Ian Walker |

 A school girl in Haiti.  Photo © World BankThe one-year anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake gives us pause to reflect on the progress of the reconstruction efforts, despite the…

Peter Holland |