Construction of a sky train in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Seksan Pipattanatikanunt/World Bank In the past, procurement (purchasing) was not considered to be a specialist function but one of the…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

China: More Mobility with Fewer Cars through a GEF Grant Since our days in school, we have often been told to first define our terms before doing anything else. China is a country that does not…

Jasmine Susanna Tillu |

Migrants represent 15% of Malaysia’s workforce, making the country home to the fourth largest number of migrants in the East Asia Pacific region. The migrant population is diverse, made up of…

Isaku Endo, José de Luna-Martínez, Dieter De Smet |

Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do…

Yabei zhang |

Photo:Xiao Wu Over the past three decades, China’s unprecedented pace of urbanization has allowed more than 260 million migrants to move from agriculture to more productive activities. This has…

Barjor Mehta, Garo Batmanian, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Niels Holm-en |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Group photos of the participants of the 1985 Bashan river cruise conference Photo: copyright © / World Bank I am a policy wonk. I have spent my entire professional career (first in the Government…

Abhas Jha |

“Women hold up half of the sky, ” Chairman Mao said. So when it comes to development, it is important to listen to women – who generally make up half of our beneficiaries – and understand their…

Aimin Hao |

Transport infrastructure planning and design take into consideration men and women’s differences in travel needs, patterns, and behaviors to promote gender equality. But do these differences also…

Yi Yang |

Students from Tran Dai Nghia High School near Can Tho, Vietnam (Photo: D7K_4030 by makzhou, used under CC BY-NC 4.0 / cropped from original) With the release last month of the latest PISA (Program…

Harry A. Patrinos, Amer Hasan, Yilin Pan |