يشعر المحللون بالحيرة منذ بعض الوقت لانخفاض معدلات مشاركة المرأة في العمل في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، فهي أدنى من أي منطقة أخرى من مناطق العالم.وقد تحدد عدد الأسباب المتعارضة التي تتراوح…

ماتيو جروه |

        The low participation rates of women in the workforce in the Middle East and North Africa, lower than any other region in the world, has puzzled analysts for some time. A number of…

Matthew Groh |

Pakistan’s population of nearly 181 million is growing at 2% per year; this population explosion has resulted in the country meeting the international definition of water stress—water availability…

Masroor Ahmad, Sana Ikram Sharif |

When a disaster strikes, such as a hurricane or a major earthquake, relief efforts are often hampered by destroyed or damaged ground infrastructure, mostly roads, bridges, and railway networks. In…

Charles E. Schlumberger |

Almost two weeks ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States, the importance of sustainable transport--which is the field I work in--really came home to me.  I was in New…

Virginia Tanase |

Like a Bollywood dance sequence, South Asia’s growth numbers tend to dazzle. It is the second-fastest-growing region in the world after East Asia. But behind the glamour lies a paradox. Despite…

Mabruk Kabir, Joe Qian |

The idea for looking into the issue of microfinance outreach to women in Pakistan had been of interest to the World Bank for some time.  Outreach of the microfinance sector to women borrowers had…

Mehnaz Safavian |

In honor of Labor Day here in the US, I want to talk about a recent nutrition paper by Emla Fitzsimons, Bansi Malde, Alice Mesnard and Marcos Vera-Hernandez.   This paper, “Household Responses to…

Markus Goldstein |

Click image to view larger version. In this digital age, it’s easy to forget that there is a staggering amount of physical goods moving across the globe. Most trade—80 percent by volume—moves…

David Lawrence |

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week, an occasion to remind ourselves of the important role that optimal infant and young child feeding plays in the healthy growth and development of…

Julie Ruel-Bergeron |