Rising at 7:00 am to take children to school may seem like a regular activity for many. But what about bringing ALL your community’s youngest children to school, on a donkey cart no less?   Every…

Alison Marie Grimsland |

Despite evidence that girls outperform boys in educational achievement, a common perception was that boys were naturally smarter than girls, and did not need to work as hard. (Photo: Harsha…

Harsha Aturupane, Roshini Mary Ebenezer |

Malgré les preuves que les filles réussissent mieux leur scolarité, une perception générale veut que les garçons soient naturellement plus doués que les filles et que, de ce fait, ils puissent…

Harsha Aturupane, Roshini Mary Ebenezer |

An innovative approach tested in Gambia may provide some answers to the future of science and math education in schools across Sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: NJCTL) Poor math and science scores in…

Ryoko Tomita |

Data shows that huge swaths of populations in developing countries are not learning to read. Scaling up early reading interventions will be a first step toward addressing these high illiteracy…

Harry A. Patrinos, Jimmy Graham, Sean Kelly |

The Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs)—a set of international targets adopted by the international community last September at the United Nations—recognizes the central role that quality…

Amit Dar, Salman Asim, Robert Chase |

Why Teachers Matter Happy World Teachers’ Day! Several days ago, my colleagues and I were thinking of a way to honor and celebrate teachers. We decided to go into schools and ask students…

Anne Elicaño-Shields |

          In my last blog I wrote about how empowering parents helps increase accountability in schools in rural Mexico. Although I said evidence was sparse, it is accumulating. In Africa, a…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Panel data can be used to measure directly or infer indirectly the presence and role of informal financial networks. In the Townsend Thai data (a collection of over 12 years of annual panel data…

Robert Townsend |

Twenty years ago when I was a relatively new economist at the World Bank, I was part of the Bank’s delegation to Jomtien, Thailand, where the heads of several multilateral development agencies,…

Elizabeth King |