I began my professional career as a sub-district and district level administrator in India-a position that makes one responsible for pretty much everything- from making sure the water comes out of…

Abhas Jha |

"Disability is no barrier. Landmine victims play volleyball." Photo: AusAID I am often asked how “we” – development professionals and practitioners at large - can make a difference to…

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

By Francis Ghesquiere and Olivier Mahul This week, the Resilience Dialogue, bringing together representatives from developing countries, donor agencies and multilateral development banks, will…

Francis Ghesquiere, Olivier Mahul |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @shomik_raj and @cataochoa   Smartphone apps are bringing massive changes to the taxi industry in ways that urban transport has not seen in a long while. From the US…

Shomik Mehndiratta, María Catalina Ochoa |

Could the source of the wealth of nations be learning to learn? A recent paper by Luke Jordan, who until late 2013 was a Private Sector Development Specialist for the World Bank, along with…

Luke Jordan |

Los océanos nos necesitan ​ ​What is it about oceans? Ocean events seem to be getting bigger and broader in their participation. No matter whether the people in the room are representing…

Rachel Kyte |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |