Large-scale public services and expenditure, especially those specifically designed for the poor, are vulnerable to leakages. Whether it is access to quality health care or education, clean water…

Parmesh Shah |

The future is unpredictable and yet, from time to time, we must take stock of what we accomplished and where we are heading. Over the past decade, better policies and rising integration with the…

Eliana Cardoso |

One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

I recently gave a presentation and participated in a conference organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union(EU) on “Labor Migration and its Development Potential in the Age of…

Sonia Plaza |

Coming together is a process Keeping together is progress Working together is success This message, written on the wall of a public building in Gureghar village in Maharashtra, India, implies the…

Darshana Patel |

On the eve of the 2009 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, Bank President Robert Zoellick called on world leaders to reshape the multilateral system and forge a “responsible globalization”—one that…

Angie Gentile |

The World Bank released its annual Doing Business report (pdf) last week which tracks regulatory reforms for conducting business and ranks countries based on their ease of doing business.…

Joe Qian |

Protectionism is on the rise all over the world, thanks or should we say “no thanks” to the global economic crisis.  Last November, G-20 leaders pledged to fight protectionism. Yet, according to…

Zahid Hussain |

For more information on the Nutrition Development Marketplace, please see the accompanying Feature Story and Press Release The year was 1975. I was a final year medical student in Pondicherry,…

Sundararajan Gopalan |

Three African ministers shared their experience with Bank officials on Thursday when they met to discuss ways to develop capacity in post-conflict countries.  “We are here to listen—tell us how we…

Nina Vucenik |