Christina Wieser and Miriam Bruhn report on their latest randomized controlled trials (RCT), about the impact of digital financial services. This RCT has, once again, helped them show how digital…

Christina Wieser, Miriam Bruhn |

It’s financial inclusion week—a series of events exploring "the most pressing actions needed to advance financial inclusion globally"—making this a perfect time to launch the 2017 Global…

Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar, Jake Hess |

The debate on whether the state should play an active role in broadening access to finance or not is one that has lingered for decades. A recent book (de la Torre, Gozzi, and Schmukler, 2017)…

Sergio Schmukler, Facundo Abraham |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

The private sector continues to be a critical driver of job creation and economic growth. However, several factors can undermine the private sector and, if left unaddressed, may impede development…

Silvia Muzi, Asif Islam |

Imagine having to skip work every month to travel to the city center just to pay your electricity bill or your child’s school fee? Would you not worry if your income relied on remittances and you…

Leora Klapper, Ruth Goodwin-Groen |

This week at the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, we’ve seen the birth of a new era in global health financing.   The World Bank Group, together with our…

A New Era for Every Woman, Every Child This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the Third International Financing for Development Conference, the United Nations, along with the World Bank Group…

Melanie Mayhew |

Cross posted from the Private Sector Development Blog In 2013, investment commitments to infrastructure projects with private participation declined by 24 percent from the previous year.  It…

Clive Harris |

Smallholder agriculture in many developing countries has remained largely self-financed. However, improved productivity for attaining greater food security requires better access to institutional…

Shahid Khandker |