Lucy Odiwa, an entrepreneur in Tanzania whose firm, promotes safer and more sustainable methods for handling menstrual health hygiene management (MHM) won the first place in the SDGs&Her…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |

Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and…

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Financial technology — or FinTech — is changing the financial sector on a global scale. It is also enabling the expansion of financial services to low-income families who have been unable to…

Joaquim Levy |

As countries look to domestic resources to help meet the ambitious development agenda laid out in 2015, there is value in looking at international experiences where mineral wealth has become a…

Patricio V. Marquez, Melanie Walker |

From the smallest rural villages in Bangladesh to the large, bustling metropolitan centers of Cairo or Istanbul, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of Islamic communities around…

Bertrand Badré |

​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 |

Can we envision a time when we will no longer be surprised to hear that a woman is leading an energy or technology company? Can closing the gender gap in leadership, especially in male-dominated…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

At a Bridge school in Kenya, teachers use computer tablets to deliver lessons. About 4.5 billion people in developing countries are low-income, living on $8 a day or less (in 2005 purchasing power…

Eriko Ishikawa, Kathleen Gaertner Mignano |

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 |

On June 5, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte will host a live online chat about Rio +20 and sustainable development at live.worldbank.org. Submit questions now, and…

Rachel Kyte |