If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |

Photo: John Isaac / World Bank Though the Indian government has steadily increased funding for its health sector, per capita allocation is still low; reform is thus critical to effectively utilize…

Shanker Lal |

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 |

I joined Facebook in 2007. For years, I would boast that I got all my news from Facebook and the Daily Show, an American satirical television program, which delivers fake news reports. I should be…

Sandra Moscoso |

A business processing center in Riyadh that is run by women. An e-commerce company that helps farmers develop transport companies to deliver packages to remote, rural areas of China. An airplane…

Julia Oliver |

[[tweetable]]More than 95 countries have laws that grant citizens right to information held by public bodies.[[/tweetable]]These laws are commonly referred as the right to information (RTI) or…

Victoria L. Lemieux |

[[tweetable]]More than 60 governments have committed to the Open Government Partnership (OGP)[[/tweetable]], making their government data available to enable public scrutiny and citizen monitoring…

Benjamin Herzberg, Kerina Wang |

World Bank trade economist Massimiliano Calì recently broke down how conflict, the destruction of capital, and restrictions can lead fragile states into large trade deficits and aid dependence. He…

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 |

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

Kaori Niina |