Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, the majority of workers in the region have low-paid jobs in the informal economy, where productivity is sub-standard and social protection is lacking.…

Preet Rustagi |

The inequality between rural and urban locations is one of the largest contributing factors to the overall economic inequality in a country. Yet there are a lot of unanswered questions about the…

Viktoria Hnatkovska |

What if this “river” of plastic waste could be turned into a road to connect farmers to markets? (Photo: Farouk Mollah Banna/World Bank) You cannot imagine my surprise while reading a BusinessWeek…

Yara Salem |

Ancient cities, like Mohenjodaro in modern-day Pakistan, emerged relatively recently in human history (photo courtesy of Saqib Qayyum used through a Creative Commons license.)​ The growth of large…

Chandan Deuskar |

In India, the bulk of labor participation is in the informal sector, trapped in a vicious cycle of low skills, low wages, and low productivity. The vast majority of these individuals do not have…

Brij Kothari |

Could the source of the wealth of nations be learning to learn? A recent paper by Luke Jordan, who until late 2013 was a Private Sector Development Specialist for the World Bank, along with…

Luke Jordan |

In Part 2 of this series, Mugo Kibati — former Director-General of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat — says that Kenya has been laying the groundwork for a "free market industrial…

Mugo Kibati |

In 2008, Kenya launched Vision 2030, aimed at transforming the country into a newly industrializing globally competitive middle-income economy.  In part one of this series, the JKP spoke with Mugo…

Mugo Kibati |

Public works programs clearly have a central role in explorations of how labor and social assistance policies can help create good jobs – actually the subject of the recent 4th South-South…

Harold Alderman |

In the developing world, there is a lively debate surrounding how minimum wages affect jobs, poverty, and income distribution. To shed light on the issue in South Africa, Haroon Bhorat, Ravi…

Haroon Bhorat |