Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

  Street market in Chiansi village, Zambia. Photo: Lillian Foo Zambia is currently under pressure to increase the pace of the economic transformation to create more productive jobs. Despite rapid…

Lillian Foo |

Targeted regional and sectoral policies can be game changers in job creation.  Photo: Network on Jobs and Development We recently hosted our first Jobs and Development Conference, and one of the…

David Robalino |

Over-age enrolment has continued to remain a civil war legacy ( Katie Meyler, More Than Me) Leah is a diligent 13-year-old student in rural Liberia.  She walks to the school near her village every…

Peter Darvas, Kabira Namit |

Post-Ebola recovery has been marked by a significant recovery and enrollment is up to the 2011 – 12 levels. (Photo credit: Katie Meyler/More Than Me) In March 2014, Liberia announced that there…

Peter Darvas, Kabira Namit |

Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’…

Deborah Wetzel |

"We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes—and every one of them was an immigrant, " U.S. President Barack Obama recently said after the Nobel…

Bassam Sebti |

Access to education is improving but so must the quality of learning. (Arne Hoel/World Bank) See if you can spot the pattern: “Although the quantity of schooling has expanded rapidly, quality is…

David Evans, Anna Popova |

Beneficiaries from a safety net program in Madagascar, most of them women, receive regular cash grants and training on nutrition, early childhood development and leadership skills. Photo by:…

Michal Rutkowski |