Many urban residents these days will find it hard to imagine a life without mobile apps that help us locate a restaurant, hail a cab, or find a subway station—usually in a matter of seconds

Xueman Wang |

Extremes of wealth and poverty in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl / Bread for the World via Flickr CC) Many developing economies have experienced fast growth in recent years.…

Sangmoo Kim, Fen Wei |

  Amina and her family in Dakar, Senegal have a metered private water tap in their yard,   but they don’t use it. (Photo: Sumila Gulyani / World Bank) Amina and her family had recently moved to…

Sumila Gulyani |

It has been almost four years since I first became involved with the regional public-private dialogue initiative, the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF). In June 2012, I walked into the conference room…

Israel Mallett |

Understanding Macroeconomic Volatility: Part 2 The fact is that a government can soften a recession by increasing spending (the counter-cyclical approach) to raise demand and output. If government…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Ha Minh Nguyen, Rei Odawara |

Latin America has a long, fractured, and ultimately failed history of public media. So-called “public media” typically functioned as government-controlled institutions for spurious goals -…

Silvio Waisbord |

​Many of our aspirations revolve around improving our personal finances—keeping better track of spending, saving towards a goal or perhaps getting out of debt.  How can we work towards these goals…

Rekha Reddy, Miriam Bruhn |

Up until recently, if someone asked us what the most important benefits of solid waste management were, we would have said improving public health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or helping…

Silpa Kaza, Farouk Banna |

What does it take to make reforms work in small island countries? At the end of June 2013, twelve Caribbean countries presented a roadmap for growth in three areas -logistics and connectivity,…

Andrea Gallina |