Also available in: Español | Français  | 中文  Machine learning algorithms are excellent at answering “yes” or “no” questions. For example, they can scan huge datasets and correctly tell us: Does…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Luis Triveno |

The World Bank’s recently completed Systematic Country Diagnostic highlights Romania’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Over the years, floods, droughts and earthquakes have cost the country…

Donato De Rosa, Maja Murisic |

A massive storm system brought historic flooding across South Eastern Europe in 2014, causing more than $2 billion in damages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and shrinking Serbia’s economy by nearly a…

Daniel Werner Kull, Michael Staudinger |

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I get stirred up by all types of governance data, so in honor of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, I though I’d highlight a few efforts to measure…

Jim Anderson |

Photo credit: Leonardo Canon Rubiano/World Bank The World Bank is supporting the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to create a roadmap for the modernization of urban bus services in the capital,…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano |

The social, political, and economic transition of countries across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia over the last three decades has been a long and arduous process, and many…

Ashna Mathema, Alanna Simpson |

Photo: The central square of the old town. Brasov. Transylvania. By Ann Stryzhekin/ Shutterstock When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yokohama in 1854, it was a backwater village in Japan…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Yuko Okazawa |

Aerial view of the landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. © Kate Evans/CIFOR This blog post was originally published on Project Syndicate. Today, only 30% of the world…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Anna Wellenstein |

Beautiful, newly-erected houses in an otherwise deserted place. There couldn’t be a better image for the effects of Romanian emigration, which the World Bank has analyzed in a recently published…

Donato De Rosa, Giuseppe Russo, Andrei Silviu Dospinescu |