When I recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I spoke with several government officials in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs who told me about the many problems encountered by their…

Neil Ruiz |

The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

Residents of Honiara eating dinner during a blackout. Energy in the Solomon Islands can be unreliable and expensive. A few nights ago, when I returned to my house on the ridges above Solomon…

Hamish Wyatt |

One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

I've just returned from country Australia evaluating the impact of one of the World Bank's (WB) recent development programs in the region. A WB initiative on the ground in Australia?…

Tomas Martin Ernst |

"The only way to really speak to someone is to go over to where they are", Primo told me about the state of telecommunications in the country.

Hamish Wyatt |

Written with Paulo Nobre Both authors are with the Center for Earth System Science, INPE, Brazil At present, there are a number of early warning systems based on seasonal-to-interannual climate…

Carlos A. Nobre |

I thought that seeing zoo animals would have prepared me for seeing these unfettered beasts at close quarters, but I was completely wrong. They are HUGE. I’d seen the video, read the book, heard…

Tony Whitten |

The expense of operating outboard motor boats means that visits to each community are few and far between. In December 2008, I spent two and a half days traveling around the Solomon Islands with…

Edith Bowles |

The author, Sophie Bathurst of Australia, won first place in an international youth essay competition sponsored by the World Bank and other partners. She answered the question "How can you…

Sophie Bathurst |