Rikweda, an Afghan fruit processing company in the Kabul Province is well on its way to restoring Afghanistan as a raisin exporting powerhouse—a status the country held until the 1970s when it…

Hartwig Schafer |

J’accepte volontiers les critiques et les commentaires à propos du rapport Doing Business — et, au demeurant, au sujet de tout autre produit de données ou de recherche de la Banque mondiale. Les…

Shanta Devarajan |

هذه المدونة متوفرة باللغات التالية: English  |  Español  |  Français  |  中文 في حين أرحب بالنقد والتعليقات على تقرير ممارسة أنشطة الأعمال أو أي مطبوعات أخرى للبنك الدولي من بيانات وأبحاث، فإنني أجد…

شانتا ديفاراجان |

Also available in: العربية | Español | Français  | 中文  While I welcome criticism and comments on the Doing Business (DB) report—or any other data and research product of the World Bank, for that…

Shanta Devarajan |

When I used to work in Rwanda, I lived on a small street in Kigali. Every time I invited friends over, I would tell them to “walk past the Embassy, look out for the Church, and then continue to…

Linus Pott |

Between 1977 and 1997, the World Bank supported “sites and services” projects in 27 cities across India A freshly-minted architect stood staring at a sea of toilets. Row after row of them, on…

Sumila Gulyani |

Within the next 30 years, urban populations in developing countries will double and UN-Habitat estimates that around 3 billion people will need housing and basic infrastructure. Already, 70% of…

Parul Agarwala, Syed Usman Javaid |

Many regions and countries face urbanization challenges, South Asia is no exception. Although the region is currently the least urbanized region in the world, its urbanization rate is on par with…

Judy Deng |

According to recent estimates, South Asia is facing a shortage of 38 million housing units, largely affecting low and middle-income households. It comes as no surprise that informal settlements,…

Parul Agarwala |