Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it.

Dalal Moosa, Federica Saliola |

If there is a single lesson to draw from the pandemic, it is that transparency in public information can save lives and improve economic outcomes, by enhancing societal trust in the state.

Ferid Belhaj |

Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic…

Ferid Belhaj |

About a decade ago, we started a project to improve solid waste management for waste pickers like Ibrahim and the 840, 000 people in the southern West Bank governorates of Bethlehem and Hebron.…

Amal Faltas |

Eugenia enjoying a music lesson together with preschool children in the Bulgarian village of Litakovo. (Photo: Daniel Lekov / World Bank)
In Bulgaria, where just 15 percent of Roma children…

Daphna Berman |

  We tend to think of cycling as a recreational form of sports; that a bike might take us to a specific destination – a location that we intentionally select, but it might even go beyond that…

Suzan Ghazi El-Loulou |

Also available in: Español  |  Francais Student at primary school in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Oni Lusk-Stover, Rosemary Rop, Elaine Tinsley, Tamer Samah Rabie |

Children and teachers in an early childhood education center in rural Indonesia Photo credit: Amer Hasan Recent studies in neuroscience and economics show that early childhood experiences have a…

Amer Hasan, Nozomi Nakajima |

This Children’s Day, I am thinking back to an event on the link between quality education and inclusive growth that we had last month in Lima, Peru. The event was memorable not only because of…

Claudia Costin |

Inequality begins early in life. In the Middle East and North Africa region it begins before birth, as prenatal care is not universal, and continues right through early childhood with different…

Will Stebbins |