The first time a World Bank education team tried classroom observations in Brazil, it nearly provoked a state-wide teachers’ strike. It was October 2009 in the northeast state of Pernambuco and…

Daphna Berman |

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” Lord Kelvin   Despite the recent proliferation of standardized testing in education, there is still a significant number of countries that oppose…

Rafael de Hoyos |

Also available in: Español Photo: Andy Shuai Liu/World Bank Invented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano, Wenyu Jia, Georges Darido |

Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

What would bring together the China trade shock, road blocks in the West Bank, and the Belt and Road initiative? The 6th Annual IMF-World Bank-WTO Trade Research Conference, at which staff of the…

Ana Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo |

Principals have to deal with hundreds of students and their personal and academic challenges. (Photo: Sarah Farhat​ / World Bank) All schools are different. I’m not referring to the building, the…

Jaime Saavedra |

© Julia Pacheco/World Bank Celina Maria migrated from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro when she was just 17 and pregnant with twins, without completing her education and therefore have had difficulties…

Kathy Lindert, Phillippe Leite, Tina George Karippacheril, Ines Rodriguez Caillava |

All photos by Gregoire Gauthier and Satoshi OgitaMarcos Ribeiro almost has tears in his eyes, as he explains the huge opportunities he sees for modern, ecologically mindful agriculture to us, a…

Martin Raiser |

Rapid progress in digital technology, behavioral economics, evaluation methods, and the connectivity of youth in the developing world generates a stream of real-time insights and opportunities in…

Namita Datta, Jose Manuel Romero |