Talti village in Dhading district in Nepal: A new micro hydropower plant has made it possible to open an agro-processing plant. Credit: The World Bank Fifteen years ago, I started a new job in the…

Bhupendra Shakya |

Pakistani boys and girls. Credit: The World Bank Violence against women is a pervasive issue in Pakistan. The problem manifests itself in many ways, most of them extreme: honor killing, spousal…

Maria Beatriz Orlando, Seemeen Saadat |

Girls take part in a safe space session in Zambia, where they learn about how and why to avoid early marriage. Over this past decade, some 140 million girls, most living in the developing world,…

Quentin Wodon, Suzanne Petroni |

Widespread lack of official identification (ID) in developing countries disproportionately affects women and girls, who face more and higher barriers to obtaining IDs. As economists at the World…

Lucia Hanmer, Mariana Dahan |

Amidst all the hardships of daily life, what are the things that inspire you, give you hope and make you believe in a better tomorrow? That is the question we asked when we invited people to share…

Trishna Thapa |

This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic…

Prabha Chandran |

​Economic and social development should not be left to economists and specialists only. This message is manifested in “Window of Opportunity, ” a video highlighting the ambitions and goals of the…

Yann Doignon, Joe Qian |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

Meeting with beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Programme in Lahore, Pakistan. As Pakistan readies to celebrate its independence day, we can all feel satisfied about progress in restoring…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Relief workers in the town of Sankhu in the Kathmandu Valley, June 2015. Credit: Yann Doignon / World Bank It has been exactly three months since the Nepal earthquake first struck and one month…

Marc Forni |