3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s…

Margaret Miller |

Results-based financing can force conversation to focus on developing a theory of change that starts with results. (Photo: Minna Mattero / World Bank) We just got back from Nepal to see how…

Jessica Lee, Peter Holland |

Also available in: Español  |  Francais Student at primary school in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Oni Lusk-Stover, Rosemary Rop, Elaine Tinsley, Tamer Samah Rabie |

Children and teachers in an early childhood education center in rural Indonesia Photo credit: Amer Hasan Recent studies in neuroscience and economics show that early childhood experiences have a…

Amer Hasan, Nozomi Nakajima |

This Children’s Day, I am thinking back to an event on the link between quality education and inclusive growth that we had last month in Lima, Peru. The event was memorable not only because of…

Claudia Costin |

Like many World Bankers, I took some time recently to look through the newly released 2015 World Development Report “Mind, Society, and Behavior.” From my perspective, in the Finance and Markets…

Douglas Randall |

Today, I had the pleasure of participating in a keynote discussion at the Education World Forum in London--a large annual gathering of education decisionmakers from around the world. We focused…

Claudia Costin |

The countries of the Western Balkans – which include the states of the former Yugoslavia, along with Albania – are not exactly world-famous for their entrepreneurial spirit. Yet if you look at…

Jeanette Thomas |

Photo: ElishaCasas, Flickr Creative CommonsAn increasing number of countries are developing national strategies for financial education and implementing programs to enhance people’s financial…

Siegfried Zottel |

Imagine you need a car to commute long distances to your workplace or the closest supermarket, to visit your parents and to bring your child to school. Therefore, you want to spend the money you…

Siegfried Zottel |