​Small and medium sized companies are the backbone of Latin America’s economy. They represent more than 90 percent of all enterprises in the region, generating over half of all jobs and a quarter…

Irene Arias |

​Marine Protected Areas will be a topic for discussion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which is opening today in Sydney.  And it should be: MPAs—which are marine spaces that restrict human…

Amanda Feuerstein |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @danpulido and @IrenePortabales   A branded metro station in Madrid Most metro systems around the world are unable to cover their operating costs with fare box…

Daniel Pulido, Irene Portabales González |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

Teresa at her home store, where she sells candies amongst her other wares. en espanol A few years ago, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio published “Hungry Planet, ” a fascinating book with…

María Eugenia Bonilla-Chacín |

The ritual publication by the leading multilateral organizations, think tanks and investment banks on the macroeconomic outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean which, without being too…

José Juan Ruiz Gómez |

Access to formal financial services has been expanding in recent years.  But as people start to use these services for the first time, it has become clear that the challenge is not only providing…

Miriam Bruhn, Rekha Reddy |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |

What does it take to make reforms work in small island countries? At the end of June 2013, twelve Caribbean countries presented a roadmap for growth in three areas -logistics and connectivity,…

Andrea Gallina |