The countries of the Western Balkans – which include the states of the former Yugoslavia, along with Albania – are not exactly world-famous for their entrepreneurial spirit. Yet if you look at…

Jeanette Thomas |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

The Yangon Circular Railway is the local commuter rail network in Yangon, Myanmar. In this recording, World Bank Country Manager Kanthan Shankar boards the train on a three-hour ride around the…

Kanthan Shankar |

Successful industrial parks can drive economic competitiveness  (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) Why do so many industrial park programs fail? They are popular across the developing world, inspired…

Yannick Saleman, Luke Jordan |

World Bank predicts East Asia growth at 7.8 percent in 2013 East Asia economies are projected to grow by 7.8 percent this year, outpacing last year’s growth and potentially boosting the world…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Governments and policy makers often look to small and medium-sized enterprises to drive growth in developing economies. These SMEs are held up as incubators of creativity and entrepreneurship,…

Megha Mukim, Michael Ferrantino |