Forget the Homo Sapiens and the Homo Economicus. The guy who traces our destiny is the Homo Ludens, the man who plays. Johan Huizinga, a professor of history and linguistics, in his 1938 book,…

Eliana Cardoso |

Globalization has accelerated global growth and global poverty reduction. But it has also raised concerns. The current global crisis may change globalization itself, as both developed and…

Ejaz Ghani |

The Republic of Maldives is the smallest country in all of Asia. It consists of 1, 190 islands in 20 atolls spread picturesquely over 900 km in the Indian Ocean. Of these, 199 islands are…

Benjamin Crow |

What is Happiness? Many of us equate it with money. However, since 1972, the kingdom of Bhutan under the leadership of its former King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck has measured its developmental…

Joe Qian |

The World Bank released its Data Visualizer tool last week, which compares 209 countries through the lens of 49 development indicators utilizing data ranging from 1960 to 2007. Using three…

Joe Qian |

My foray into climate change in the World Bank Group started with the drought-affected regions in Andhra Pradesh, India in 2003. The WB had just started thinking about adaptation to climate change…

Kseniya Lvovsky |

   An IFC investment helps provide clean, affordable water to underserved communities in developing countries. Many of the measures proposed in the World Development Report (WDR) 2010 will require…

Alan Miller |

Reading about the financial crisis and the effects that have rippled around the world, it’s always heartening to find something positive in the midst of piles of red ink and pessimistic…

Joe Qian |

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 |

With its massive talent-base, a unique ability to attract its best and brightest students to the engineering discipline, and the presence of some of the world’s leading companies, India has an…

Andreas Blom |