Shakiba Delawari is a senior student at Kabul University’s clinical psychology and counseling department. As a female university student, she is in minority as most girls in Afghanistan marry…

Harsha Aturupane |

Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

Robots may not be taking all our jobs, but they are changing profoundly the way we work. Take the European Union (EU), where jobs are increasingly about “non-routine cognitive” and “interpersonal…

Christian Bodewig |

Is new technology “transformative” or “disruptive”?  I’ve heard this topic hotly debated at meetings both within the World Bank and more broadly.  The issue is not just linguistic hair-splitting…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Over the last twenty years, impact evaluations have dramatically expanded the body of evidence about which types of development programs work, when, and why, but their application has been heavily…

Ariel BenYishay |

Social media has flourished with increasing digital connectivity. Internet users in the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates spend more than 3 hours per day on…

Rong Chen |

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Eduardo Velez Bustillo, George Psacharopoulos |

Informality is the subject of many a report, study, intervention, policy brief, political agenda and fireside chat, and due to its prevalence, rightfully so. In emerging and developing economies,…

Andreja Marusic, Will Nielsen |

Download the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report. The informal sector — labor and business that is hidden from monetary, regulatory, and institutional authorities — accounts for about a…

Shu Yu, Franziska Ohnsorge |

I am 41 years old and, with business as usual, I would be 106 when universal social protection (USP) is realized. The drive for USP – a definition of which is to  ensure that everyone is covered…

Ugo Gentilini |