Policymakers often associate competitiveness with real exchange rates. Not too long ago, firms in Southern European countries attributed their difficulties to compete in global markets with a…

Gonzalo Varela, Stefania Lovo |

Liza (center) with her classmate Recently I met an inspiring student: 12-year-old Song Liza, who told me about her goal of becoming a doctor. Her reasoning is simple: one, because the shortage of…

Saroeun Bou |

To reinvigorate growth in Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called for more common projects in the European Union (EU). And he emphasized that these efforts need to meet a set…

Doerte Doemeland, Arup Banerji, Sanja Madzarevic-Sujster |

Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries (44.5% of poverty incidence in 2014). The country faces a number of challenges in meeting the national (PROSEHA, the National Program for sustainable…

Taibou Adamou Maiga |

Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[…

Juergen Voegele, John Roome |

Also available in: Français A public faucet that serves 1, 000 families in el Alto, Bolivia. Photo credit: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Small towns* typically have not been well served by…

Fadel Ndaw |

A farmer in pepper greenhouse, Central Serbia.Photo: Jutta Benzenberg/World Bank As Serbia moves to join the European Union, smallholder farmers like Goran Matic are concerned about the challenges…

Bekzod Shamsiev, Marko Bucik |

Quick: how much milk did you drink last year?   If you can answer that accurately, you’re either taking the “quantified self” thing a bit far, or you may have been reading some of our research.  …

Tariq Khokhar |

Boat passengers in rural Bangladesh. Photo credit: Erik Nora When my team and I saw this boat passing by us in July 2013 in rural Bangladesh, near the border with Mizoram, Northeast India, and…

Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |