The World Bank has joined the fight to kick TB out of Papua New Guinea. (World Bank / Tom Perry) My last surviving grandparent, my Nanna, passed away peacefully late last year. And the end of a…

Tom Perry |

In most rural communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a daily routine for women and girls involves collecting clean drinking water for their families. Whether it means a strenuous walk down a steep…

Ruth Moiam |

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on…

Michael Crawford |

An elementary student with an enumerator in Wewak, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: Kabira Namit / World Bank) So, you are about to start field research in education. Whether you are planning a…

Kabira Namit |

The 2018 World Development Report (WDR), Learning to Realize Education’s Promise, launched this week.  While it draws on research and collective experience—both from within and outside the World…

Deon Filmer, Halsey Rogers |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’…

Deborah Wetzel |

Students from Aravira Primary School in central Bougainville, Papua New Guinea on their walk to school - which for some, takes up to four hours After a two-hour drive from the nearest main road,…

Tom Perry |

Photo: © Dana Smillie / World Bank The importance of literacy for economic growth and development is already well established in economic research.  Literacy enables people to access information…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Also available in: Español Measuring young children's skills in Malawi. A couple of years ago Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education…

Harry A. Patrinos |