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 |

"No single national score can accurately reflect contrasts in the types of corruption found in a country." Michael Johnston, 2001 Corruption comes in various forms - administrative…

Gregory Kisunko, Steve Knack |

Spare a thought for the economist. While in the past, people might have resorted to reading tea leaves to figure out what their future has in store for them, these days, at least on economic…

Kaspar Richter |

Browsing through a large departmental store in Yerevan, I selected a tie, pair of trousers and a shirt to make up for having arrived in the city before my suitcases did. The store manager pointed…

Munawer Sultan Khwaja |