Economic literature shows that financial systems support livelihood enhancement and economic development by offering savings, payment, credit and risk management services to households and firms.…

Raian Divanbeigi, Rong Chen |

The celebration of Earth Day this week should cause us to pause and consider the state of our planet. What weighs heavily on our minds is the degradation of West Africa’s coasts; they are…

Elikia Abraham, Melissa Landesz |

Technological innovation in the financial industry has reached the wealth management services industry where automated financial advisors, known as robo-advisors, are starting to compete with…

Facundo Abraham, Sergio Schmukler, José Tessada |

RecondOil | Flickr Regional trade in electricity and other energy products can be a powerful force for market integration and sustainable development. In the Arab world, there are great potential…

Waleed Alsuraih, Victor Loksha |

Legenda | ShutterstockThis is one in a series of blogs by Jeff Delmon using the metaphor of marriage (or divorce) to explore the dynamics of public-private partnerships (PPPs) as relationships…

Jeff Delmon |

While the World Bank’s resources for low-income countries have never been greater, they still pale in comparison with these countries’ needs. Governments always need to make hard choices between…

Arnaud Braud, Vincent Launay |

Download the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report. Since 2013, median government debt in low-income countries has risen by 20 percentage points of GDP and increasingly comes from non-…

Patrick Kirby, Sinem Kilic Celik, Sebastian Essl, Andre Proite |

A strange irony persists in today’s infrastructure investment market: private capital waiting to be deployed into the sector is at an all-time high, yet investors seem reluctant to commit. Even in…

Michela Bariletti |

In 2014, the World Bank issued a highly relevant and timely report titled Risk and Opportunity:  Managing Risk for Development. This report analyzed the growing number of heterogenous risks and…

Carlos Végh, Guillermo Vuletin, Daniel Riera-Crichton |