This is the fifteenth in our series of job market posts this year.    For better or for worse, social norms have profound influence on many of the decisions we make—from political to personal.…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

One woman is victimized by violence every 15 seconds in Brazil, with a total of 23% of all Brazilian women experiencing violence in their lifetime. There are many notable consequences affecting…

Kristin Kay Gundersen, Jamila Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki, Daniela Knauth, Regina Barbosa |

Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. —James Heckman Investments in the early years of children’s lives and in…

Harry A. Patrinos |

The demographic clock is ticking on both sides of the Mediterranean, from an aging workforce at one end to a workforce surplus on the other. Yet, whatever the demographic dynamics, the…

Hala Fadel |

[[tweetable]][[/tweetable]] Market access is critical to the growth of start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Start-ups seeking to scale up their operations need to think in terms…

Jamil Wyne |

  We tend to think of cycling as a recreational form of sports; that a bike might take us to a specific destination – a location that we intentionally select, but it might even go beyond that…

Suzan Ghazi El-Loulou |

  Just fourteen projects in energy, transport and water/sanitation.  In only eight countries. Totaling $2.7 billion.   There are 56 IDA countries (excluding three “inactive” and a few rich enough…

Laurence Carter |

Photo: Inova BH In English, “Belo Horizonte” means “beautiful horizon, ” and this is an apt description of the long-term possibilities for educating the children of Belo Horizonte, the sixth…

Tomas Anker |

 In the Amazon region of Brazil, near Manaus. Brazil. Photo: © Julio Pantoja / World Bank When the word “Amazonas” is mentioned, what do you think of? Mythical rainforests and winding rivers?  The…

Laura De Castro Zoratto, Alexandre Borges de Oliveira, Courtney Price Ivins |

with research contributions from Zichao WeiAt conferences, in meetings, and even during casual work conversations, I am asked the same two questions:  “Which countries are ideal for investments in…

Jyoti Bisbey |