Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

(Photo: Michael Haws / World Bank) When we talk about the future of work, it is important to include perspectives, ideas and solutions from young people as they are the driving force that can…

Esteve Sala |

Also available in Myanmar Chin state is the second poorest state in Myanmar, located in the mountains with poor road conditions making it difficult to travel. Photo: Kyaw Htut Aung/World Bank My…

Degi Young, Khine Nwe Zin, Aye Me Me Htun, Kyaw Htut Aung |

Migrants represent 15% of Malaysia’s workforce, making the country home to the fourth largest number of migrants in the East Asia Pacific region. The migrant population is diverse, made up of…

Isaku Endo, José de Luna-Martínez, Dieter De Smet |

Myanmar in 2012, when we started our financial sector engagement, and Myanmar today seem like two different worlds. Back then, sim cards cost close to US$500, visitors carried wads of crisp, new…

Nagavalli Annamalai |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Also available in Myanmar (.pdf)   In our previous post, we discussed some of the major land-related challenges facing Myanmar’s transition and development. In fact, resolving outstanding land…

Anna Wellenstein |

Also available in: Myanmar (.pdf)   Struggles over land in Myanmar have been a defining characteristic of the country’s six decades of armed conflict.   In the past, government acquired lands for…

Anna Wellenstein |