The COVID-19 crisis threatens to widen the digital divide between men and women, which has become a significant hurdle to gender equality. To address this, the World Bank and CES have launched the…

Boutheina Guermazi |

Malnutrition is rampant in rural India and a leading cause of child mortality. In 2015, the Grameen Foundation’s  Rajasthan Nutrition Project attempted to improve nutrition in rural communities by…

Isis Gaddis, Talip Kilic, Valérie Lechene, Alexander Wolf |

Before last summer’s planting season, the Indian state of Telangana proposed a new way to help farmers – give them money.  Many of Telangana’s farmers are subsistence farmers who often struggle to…

Aliza Marcus |

In Mozambique’s three largest cities (Maputo, Beira, and Nampula), informal businesses—those operating outside formal licensing and registration procedures—outnumber formal firms by a factor of 9…

Filip Jolevski, Gemechu Ayana Aga |

The challenges of electoral democracy are becoming increasingly visible worldwide. Elite capture, corruption and patronage are serious concerns, and the legitimacy of some elections has come under…

Vijayendra Rao, Paromita Sanyal |

Are robots, friends or foes of the future of work? Automation is eliminating some routine jobs but, on the positive side, robots are good partners for workers engaged in tasks that demand…

Federica Saliola |

Also available in: Français  Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank There’s no question that agriculture is critical to Africa’s biggest development goals. It is fundamental for poverty reduction, economic…

Simeon Ehui |

Capital flows to emerging market economies are deemed volatile, driven more by external than domestic factors. Surges in capital flows often generate macroeconomic imbalances in emerging markets,…

Poonam Gupta, Oliver Masetti |