The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

With apologies in advance to initiatives in a handful of other countries considered world leaders in this area (including Costa Rica, Namibia, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil): Of all the programs in…

Michael Trucano |

US-based migrants may find it much harder to opt for formal channels in sending money to needy family members overseas because of an increasing tendency on the part of a number of US banks to…

Jacqueline Irving |

Bank President Robert Zoellick told an overflowing room of journalists this morning that these annual meetings come at an important time for the work of the Bank Group and its members. “The G-20…

Angie Gentile |

When participating in discussions with officials planning for the use of computers and the Internet in schools in many developing countries,  I am struck by how child Internet safety issues are…

Michael Trucano |

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 |

Earlier today, the World Bank released its annual Doing Business report, which tracks business regulation reforms and ranks emerging economies on the “ease of doing business.”

James I Davison |

I had heard that the world spent less on energy R&D than on pet food, so I decided to check. Actually, it's worse than that.    Photo © Sophielouise at Dreamstime Worldwide energy R&D…

Marianne Fay |

A fireman showing the Bank's Global Disaster Management team around Onna.

Mara Warwick |

Recent posts to this blog about the use of mobile phones in education in developing countries have generated a *lot* of page views.  News earlier this year that firms in the United States are…

Michael Trucano |