Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Bala who was born in a small village in Pavagada Taluk, Karnataka, where, agriculture was the main source of income—much like in many other…

Amit Jain |

This is the sixth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.  The productivity of workers in agriculture is generally much lower than in other sectors of the economy (Gollin,…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Playing out this week and next in Paris is a high-stakes match between science and political will.   The science part is quite clear: 2015 is set to be the hottest year on record – a full degree…

Paula Caballero, John Roome |

It was recorded by the Spanish conquistadors, and triggered famines that have been linked to China’s 1901 Boxer Rebellion and even the French revolution. Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its…

Francis Ghesquiere, Nicholas Jones |

Farmer in West Bengal, India. Photo by Amit Jain / World Bank)If God appeared in the dream of a paddy farmer in India’s West Bengal and said, “You have made me happy with your hard work, make any…

Amit Jain |

In the second in this series of blogs, we highlighted the need to introduce adaptive delta management to the Bangladesh delta. The reason—to manage the long-term risks facing the Delta by…

Lia Sieghart, David Rogers |

It has been a season ripe with new ideas and shifts in the open data conversation. At the Cartagena Data Festival in April, the call for a country-led data revolution was loud and clear. Later in…

Ankur Nagar |

This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic…

Prabha Chandran |

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.   “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting, ” she said.   Naturally…

Amit Jain |

Residents in Wazirpur, India share with us how electricity access has spurred their hope for a better, more dignified life. (Photo: TPDLL)Rarely does one read about a private utility’s successful…

Sunita Dubey |