Girls attend school. Pakistan. © Caroline Suzman/World Bank Growing up in Pakistan, I often wondered why boys were expected to become doctors or engineers while girls, including me, were…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |

In previous articles we discussed why inclusion of sexual minorities is instrumental to the World Bank’s goal of shared prosperity and constitutes smart economics. This piece focuses on how sexual…

Fabrice Houdart, Phil Crehan |

The Roma make up Europe’s largest and poorest ethnic group, with three-quarters of their estimated 10 to 12 million people living in poverty, and fewer than one in three having a job. The Roma are…

Maria Davalos, Indhira Santos, Patti Petesch, Giorgia DeMarchi |

When I heard the news last autumn that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan had been shot simply for standing up for her right as a girl to get an education, I was horrified. It also reminded…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) is an interesting region because what you expect is not always what exists. Since this is written in honor of International Women's Day, discussing…

Sarosh Sattar |

Find a good longread on development? Tweet it to @worldbank with the hashtag #longreads.  A video about a “scientific accident that may change the world (or at least your battery life)” went “…

Donna Barne |