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 |

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 |

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 |

Using Islamic finance for infrastructure development attracted more attention recently in the quest to maximize finance for development. At the recent World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, the…

Sara Ahmed and Ashraf Bouajina |

It takes a lot to do a first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) well. In the past 12 months, we witnessed the successful financial close of two landmark PPPs: the Tibar Bay Port PPP—a first for…

Jemima Sy |

Tomas Castelazo | Wikimedia Commons The Colombian magazine Dinero, one of the most respected economic publications in Latin America, recently published a story about a World Bank study that placed…

George Castellanos |

Recently, I published a book about infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the most challenging developing countries—a private sector perspective on what is required to bring…

Patricia Sulser |

As recently as 2006, Timor-Leste was in crisis. Only a few years into independence, the country was torn by riots and political turmoil. Not surprisingly, its business climate was one of the…

Christopher Bleakley |