We love local. Whether it’s buying vegetables directly from your local farmer, frequenting a neighborhood business, or working as a community activist, many of us believe that solutions to some of…

Marcus Holmlund, Felipe Dunsch |

Social media has flourished with increasing digital connectivity. Internet users in the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates spend more than 3 hours per day on…

Rong Chen |

Download the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report. The informal sector — labor and business that is hidden from monetary, regulatory, and institutional authorities — accounts for about a…

Shu Yu, Franziska Ohnsorge |

The challenges of electoral democracy are becoming increasingly visible worldwide. Elite capture, corruption and patronage are serious concerns, and the legitimacy of some elections has come under…

Vijayendra Rao, Paromita Sanyal |

Reform leaders who are persuaded by the need to invest in human capital face the challenge of getting thousands of state personnel, who staff myriad government agencies, to deliver. The…

Stuti Khemani |

Running a local government is not sexy. It’s making sure that roads are maintained, there is water to drink, health clinics are stocked and staffed, and schools are equipped to teach. Often, it…

Marcus Holmlund, Felipe Dunsch |

Here is a one-page instruction manual for managing an effective public service.  It is based on a recent World Bank Policy Research Working paper by Imran Rasul, Martin Williams and myself. 

Daniel Rogger |

To what extent do politicians really keep bureaucrats focused on delivering public services?  Politicians may distort the technical processes of the executive for political gain. 

Daniel Rogger |

African widows often face considerable disadvantage relative to married women in their first union. How much so depends on the society they live in, with pronounced hardship in some contexts, yet…

Dominique van de Walle |

It’s not so long since the days when speaking of ‘universal health coverage’ used to provoke shockwaves. Happily, the principle that “… everyone having access to the health care they need without…

Ugo Gentilini |