Da Nang, Vietnam. © Pixabay [[tweetable]]Vietnam continues to boom. It is one of the most dynamic emerging markets in East Asia[[/tweetable]], marked, over the past thirty years, by a remarkable…

Makhtar Diop |

Photo credit: CIAT/Flickr Vietnam is my first love working for the World Bank. It is the first country I worked in when I joined the Bank back in 1994.   At the time, the country was still opening…

Wael Zakout |

Over the last 20 years, economic growth has helped to lift almost a billion people out of extreme poverty. But 1 billion people are still extremely poor. 1.1 billion live without electricity and 2…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Turkey has radically transformed its land title registration system, and decreased the turnaround time for recording property transactions to just two hours. I just returned from Turkey where I…

Wael Zakout |

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the opening of the 10th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in Istanbul, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s impassioned challenge…

Peter Dewees |

Only a very short time ago, we were drawing blank looks when we mentioned "natural capital accounting." This week at Rio, everyone is talking about it. Walls are plastered with flyers…

Rachel Kyte |

Anyone who has ever been to the Central African Republic (CAR) knows that the country has huge infrastructure needs after years of internal turmoil and strife. But when you look up how much of the…

Jan Walliser |