Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

Globally, over one billion people – 15% of the population – live with some form of disability,  according to the World Health Organization’s World Report on Disabilities. Beyond their physical,…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Ana Rodriguez Coteron, Guillermo Romero Rodriguez |

It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |

With only 2 people per square kilometer, Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. While that can make public service delivery daunting, improving health and education…

Amarbayasgalan Dorj, Kristina Aquino, Munkh-Erdene Dambajav |

A beneficiary family from the commmunity of San José del Paredón in Bolivia celebrates the new irrigation system. Photo: Gabriela Orozco / World Bank.  “When the company let us down, we only…

Francisco Obreque |

Imagine you live in a city that floods, sometime for weeks, after extreme rainfalls. Imagine you live in that flooded city, where you and thousands of your neighbors must find a place to stay till…

Melanie Kappes |

Some months ago, during a visit to one of the Central American countries, while we were on a call with the head of the electricity dispatch center, we noticed by the tone of his voice, that he was…

Mariano González Serrano, Melisa Gaitan Fanconi |

The Asia-Pacific region, comprised of 58 economies, is geographically expansive and a picture of diversity. The trends for sustainable energy in Asia-Pacific, which mirror the region’s economic…

Sharmila Bellur |

(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 |