South Asian cities are known hotspots for air pollution. But in the last few months, many have enjoyed unusually clear skies and fresh air.

Muthukumara Mani, Takahiro Yamada |

a post describing how loans through mobile money platforms can work better for women's businesses

Markus Goldstein |

‘'Help me. Help me!'' she yelled as she ran towards us. Mary (not her real name) was 10 years old when her father and brother decided to get her married to a 50-year-old man in…

Sheilla Ayebare |

Earlier this year we launched Inclusion Matters in Africa in Nairobi in collaboration with the Kenya National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). We could not have hoped for a more informed and…

Simeon Ehui, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maitreyi Bordia Das, Sabina Anne Espinoza |

The first time I traveled to Uganda, in October 2016, I met a young mother whose strength and resilience I still think about today; an important reminder of why and for whom I work as an…

Jessica Lopez |

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Nearly four in 10 girls marry each year before their 18th birthday, many of them becoming mothers at a young age.…

Hafez Ghanem |

The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating lives and livelihoods globally. Before the pandemic, the World Bank projected that 35 million people in East Asia and the Pacific would escape poverty in 2020…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Findings from the National Financial Inclusion Survey in Sri Lanka, which was led by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, with technical assistance from IFC, under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work Program in…

Shanuki Gunasekera, Rathnija Arandara |

this post looks at information transmission across networks. women have worse networks and information degrades faster along them. moreover who you choose matters for the gender impacts - more…

Markus Goldstein |

The Sahel Region is a priority for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.

Axel van Trotsenburg |