In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |

​In the photo, a beautiful woman named Radha holds her young child in a bleak landscape strewn with refuse. The photo caption reveals she is a rag-picker in Jaipur, India, one of millions making a…

Donna Barne |

​Photo: Laura B. Rawlings / World Bank It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard…

Andrea Vermehren, Josh Martin, Laura B. Rawlings |

As part of the Bank’s ongoing effort to adapt to the changing needs of client countries, the Bank is modernizing its procurement framework. This will help us deliver stronger project results while…

Robert Hunja |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

Because of water’s multidimensional role in economic development and poverty reduction, addressing the constraints that women and girls face in accessing and managing water is essential for…

Bhuvan Bhatnagar, Rosemary Rop |

Too often, the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn't know what's good for them when it comes to foreign policy or tackling global…

Jim Yong Kim |

Vietnam’s economic emergence is perhaps best experienced along its rural roads: more than 175, 000 kilometers of pavement, rubble and dirt track extend to two-thirds of the country’s population,…

Phuong Thi Minh Tran |

[[tweetable]]Even marginal improvements in procurement efficiency can mean big savings[[/tweetable]]. And that’s just a start.   The use of data and technology in procurement make it possible for…

Joel Turkewitz, Stephen Davenport |