Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Profiles of women reformers making it easier to do business around the world

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we highlight the accomplishments of five leaders who have delivered much needed regulatory reforms benefiting entrepreneurs.

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

Here in Armenia, we have identified several gender gaps that manifest throughout a woman’s life. These start with a preference for sons, followed by “gender streaming” in education, in which young…

Sylvie K. Bossoutrot |

Open source software can help improve government efficiency and transparency while speeding up innovation in the public sector. GovTech nations, such as Singapore, are using open source solutions…

Lesly Goh, Kai Kaiser, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

Many countries of the former Soviet Union rank highly in the Human Capital Index, thanks largely to long-term investment in education and health services.

Sudharshan Canagarajah |

On any rational cost-benefit basis, investing in preparedness, whether for pandemics or natural hazards, is possibly one of the best investments any country can make. A dollar spent on…

Abhas Jha |

The region needs to accelerate the pace of economic growth, reduce inequality and improve governance

Humberto López |

Armenia has several regions with highly favorable conditions for viticulture and winemaking. Voskehat village in Armavir region is one of them, blessed with fertile soils for grape cultivation and…

Taguhi Minasyan |

With climate change, extreme events are expected to be the “new normal” for many small island developing states. It will take coordination and action from multiple stakeholders to effectively…

Joaquin Toro, Kerri Cox |