Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

© Dominic Chavez/World Bank India’s state of Chhattisgarh faced a daunting challenge in the mid-2000s. About half of its public food distribution was leaked, meaning that it never reached the…

Ugo Gentilini, Harold Alderman, Ruslan Yemtsov |

Young children in Uzbekistan play with mind-stimulating games. Photo: Matluba Mukhamedova / World Bank ​Did you know that investments in early childhood are crucial for achieving the brain’s full…

Dorota Chapko, Omar Arias |

The most recent data show significant strides in reducing maternal mortality at the national level over the past 20 years.  Improvements in access to maternal health care, especially in skilled…

Haruna Kashiwase |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

Read this post in Español China's Loess Plateau, before and after restoration through a landscape approach. Photos: Till Niermann, Wikimedia Commons (CC), Erick Fernandes/World Bank.…

Rachel Kyte |

Earlier this summer, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka to win the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. Like any triumph in an international competition, there was a great sense of national pride, this time…

Ben Safran |