HPV vaccine being administered in Botswana. Photo: Ministry of Health of Botswana ​The World Bank Group’s new Gender Equality Strategy for 2016-2023, launched last week, addresses gender inclusion…

Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

PISA measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank  Investing in people starts by ensuring that graduates…

Christian Bodewig, Lucas Gortazar |

With 54 percent of the world’s population now living in urban areas, central and local governments around the globe are faced with both opportunities and challenges. This week, senior policymakers…

Mohamad Al-Arief |

photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​Consider this: By the time you had breakfast this morning, the world’s urban population grew by some 15, 000 people. This number will increase to 180, 000 people…

Keith Hansen |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

Students using new high-speed Internet in Tonga. Photo: World Bank Group For private financiers, official government support to information and communications technology (ICT) projects might seem…

Jeff Delmon |

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 |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

  Overview of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank Last month I met with ministers and local officials in Addis Ababa to explore areas where we, at the World Bank, can help build…

Mario Marcel |

Women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia are disadvantaged from the start. They have less access to the finance, networks, and education which help their male counterparts advance. They face regular…

Francesco Strobbe |