Women learn computer skills in Pakistan. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank…

Shan Aman-Rana |

A local bus in Luxembourg. Photo: Fränz Bous/Flickr As discussions concluded at COP24, countries still struggle to translate their climate commitments into effective and socially acceptable…

Nancy Vandycke, Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

Almost daily, headlines in the world’s leading newspapers are full of examples of public sector failures: public money is mismanaged or outright misused; civil servants are not motivated or are…

Jana Kunicova |

NANKANA SAHIB: PAKISTAN. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank The challenge with procuring a high volume of low-value goods is keeping the transaction costs down while still delivering the…

Khalid Bin Anjum |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World…

Zahid Hasnain |

See high resolution here. While countries around the world reap the benefits of an expanding digital environment, development challenges persist, adversely impacting low-income countries from…

Gina Martinez, Boris Rumenov Balabanov |

Riding the Lahore Rapid Transit -   photo: Asian Development Bank Successful leaders —presidents of countries, chief executives of corporations, or middle managers of counties — focus on a few…

Zubair Bhatti |

If you want a passport in Pakistan, you wait in line – possibly for hours. You might get to the passport office at the crack of dawn to avoid the queue. The process might be unclear, and there…

Julia Oliver |

In today’s world, international aid is fickle, financial flows unstable, and many donor countries are facing domestic economic crises themselves, driving them to apply resources inward. In this…

Jim Brumby |