Rural areas are changing rapidly, but the shift does not affect women and men in the same way. In the process of rural development and transformation, as employment for both women and men expands…

Vanya Slavchevska, Sanna Liisa Taivalmaa, Susan Kaaria |

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 |

Two decades of economic growth have helped make Cambodia a global leader in reducing poverty. The success story means the Southeast Asian nation that overcame a vicious civil war now is classified…

Sodeth Ly |

I recently had the chance to get to know dozens of forward-thinking, dynamic individuals from the public and private sectors. Despite their varied backgrounds, resumes, and perspectives, they…

Isabel Chatterton |

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 Cambodian farmer. Photo: The World Bank Today, Cambodia is among the world’s fastest growing economies. Its gross national income per capita increased by more than threefold in two decades, from…

Victoria Kwakwa |

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Talk about ‘growth’ in Latin America has become less upbeat today than a few years ago. That’s no surprise. For over a decade, average…

Katia Vostroknutova, Jorge Thompson Araujo, Konstantin M. Wacker, Mateo Clavijo Munoz |

Nearly 50 years ago, books such as Asian Drama: An Inquiry Into The Poverty Of Nations, by the Swedish economist and Nobel laureate Gunnar Myrdal, offered a dire prediction of famine and poverty…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

When you ask young people from developing countries what they want for their country, they often say opportunity. The next generation wants jobs and knowledge; they want to be connected to the…

Anita Marangoly George |

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 |