It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

In the last few weeks, the latest Ebola crisis has reached a tipping point. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on July 17, and the…

David Malpass |

© Riyaad Minty/Creative Commons [[tweetable]]Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” [[/tweetable]] This was his message to Philadelphians on how to…

Kristalina Georgieva |

© WHO/S.Oka The 9th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially ended today —77 days and 28 deaths after an outbreak was declared on May 8. For the families of those 28…

Jim Yong Kim |

​Since childhood,  Gircilene Gilca de Castro dreamed of owning her own business, but struggled to get it off the ground. Her fledgling food service company in Brazil had only two employees and one…

Jin-Yong Cai, Elizabeth L. Littlefield, Dina Powell |

Also available in Bahasa Indonesia Women are emerging as a major force for change. Countries that have invested in girls’ education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Effective management of European Union (EU) funds is not only high on the agenda of the new EU member states but also of the Western Balkan countries that are progressing in the EU integration…

Maya V. Gusarova, Naida Carsimamovic Vukotic |

Just six months ago, in the previous South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER) covering the six Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia,…

Željko Bogetic |

Over the last decade Montenegro has trebled its gross national income (from $2, 400 in 2003 to $7, 160 in 2012), has reduced its national poverty headcount from 11.3 percent in 2005 to 6.6 percent…

Željko Bogetic |

With a double dip recession––after just two years of sluggish recovery––now taking hold across the Western Balkans it is time for policy makers to begin looking at ways the ongoing financial…

Željko Bogetic |