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 |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

The Yangon Circular Railway is the local commuter rail network in Yangon, Myanmar. In this recording, World Bank Country Manager Kanthan Shankar boards the train on a three-hour ride around the…

Kanthan Shankar |

New approaches to medical care can improve health outcomes (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) In many poor countries, a large proportion of health services is provided by the private sector, including…

Jorge Coarasa |

Successful industrial parks can drive economic competitiveness  (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) Why do so many industrial park programs fail? They are popular across the developing world, inspired…

Yannick Saleman, Luke Jordan |

Kerala is a beautiful state in South India, home to about 34 million people, many of whom share my pride as a Keralite.  Of all the states in India, Kerala scores the highest on the  human…

Suseel Samuel |

Join an online discussion with Ismail on Tuesday, April 2nd at 8-11AM on the World Bank's South Asia Facebook page to ask questions and learn more about his experiences. The Dalai Lama once…

Ismail Radwan |

Governments and policy makers often look to small and medium-sized enterprises to drive growth in developing economies. These SMEs are held up as incubators of creativity and entrepreneurship,…

Megha Mukim, Michael Ferrantino |