Forget the Homo Sapiens and the Homo Economicus. The guy who traces our destiny is the Homo Ludens, the man who plays. Johan Huizinga, a professor of history and linguistics, in his 1938 book,…

Eliana Cardoso |

Last week, I discussed the two very different South Asias and the need for regional cooperation to bring the lagging regions up to the standards of thriving regions. However, increased market…

Ejaz Ghani |

Globalization has accelerated global growth and global poverty reduction. But it has also raised concerns. The current global crisis may change globalization itself, as both developed and…

Ejaz Ghani |

“South Asia continues to grow rapidly and its largest economy, India, is close to becoming a Tiger.” Sadiq Ahmed and I were inspired to author Accelerating Growth and Job Creation in South Asia…

Ejaz Ghani |

Bank President Robert Zoellick told an overflowing room of journalists this morning that these annual meetings come at an important time for the work of the Bank Group and its members. “The G-20…

Angie Gentile |

Given that Asia is now widely seen as leading the world out of the crisis, it is fitting that the role of Asia was more prominently recognized in the global economic system in the recent G20…

James Seward |

Earlier today, the World Bank released its annual Doing Business report, which tracks business regulation reforms and ranks emerging economies on the “ease of doing business.”

James I Davison |

The expense of operating outboard motor boats means that visits to each community are few and far between. In December 2008, I spent two and a half days traveling around the Solomon Islands with…

Edith Bowles |

Imagine how the new Indonesia would prosper if everyone had affordable health insurance, every child completed secondary education and highways were in place connecting Indonesia’s three biggest…

Wolfgang Fengler |