This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces 4 papers published from February 16 to February 28 on various topics, including…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Mobile government (mGov) offers developing countries several benefits for their citizens including financial inclusion, wider access to services and improved government social accountability.

Khuram Farooq, Peter Kustor |

To illustrate how the global dashboard and subnational data from the Google Trends website can be used by policy planners, we conducted an in-depth case study of Google Trends and COVID-19 at the…

Nausheen Khan, Manuel Ramos-Maqueda, Robert Marty, Arndt Reichert, Bibind Vasu |

Hard-won gains in health and education over the past decade are at risk as essential services and household incomes crumble.

Mamta Murthi |

© Sarah Farhat/World Bank One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of marginalized people. In most cases…

Kristalina Georgieva |

This page in: Français Across European countries, women continue to earn less than men. Looking at data for full-time working women across 30 countries, we find that women would have needed an…

Gabriela Inchauste, Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet, Paola Buitrago Hernandez |

This year’s global poverty update from the World Bank is a minor one. Until reference year 2008, the World Bank published new poverty estimates every three years, and between 2010 and 2013 we…

Francisco Ferreira, Christoph Lakner, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo |

Rubens Donizeti Valeriano - Panamericano de MTB XCO 2014 - Barbacena - MG - Brasil. Photo: Daniela Luna Evidence-based rule-making for private sector development and service deliveryANNOUNCEMENT…

Jim Brumby |

Global Value Chains are a win-win for firms that enjoy greater efficiency, productivity, and profits while they create better jobs (Photo by Jonathan Ernst / World Bank)   Global Value Chains (GVC…

Ruchira Kumar |