One of the more unusual places I’ve visited through my work is a veterinary and livestock training farm in the Ganja region in western Azerbaijan. As a devoted animal lover, I relished the…

Tako Kobakhidze |

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 |

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 |

Pedestrians represent 70% of all traffic fatalities in Baku, with many people struck by vehicles when simply trying to cross the street.

Tako Kobakhidze |

The conventional wisdom is that low world prices for oil only hurt rich exporting countries, while generating a windfall for poor net importer economies. However, in Central Asia, the story is…

Aurelien Kruse |

If you think about it, snow is a pretty amazing thing. It is nature’s way of storing water in the winter, and then using it in the summer when it is needed, namely during the growing season. If it…

Kulsum Ahmed |

From the smallest rural villages in Bangladesh to the large, bustling metropolitan centers of Cairo or Istanbul, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of Islamic communities around…

Bertrand Badré |

In Mozambique in 2003, it took an entrepreneur 168 days to start a business. Today, it takes only 19 days. That kind of transformation has major implications for ambitious men and women who are…

Cecile Fruman |

Imagine yourself in the last century, walking down one of the streets of a large Central Asian city. You are surrounded by architecture dominated by the Soviet style, with common building types…

Joaquin Toro |