In a recent visit to El Salvador, the smallest, yet beautiful most densely populated country in Central America, I attended an international event organized by the Secretariat of the Framework…

Patricio V. Marquez |

Activities of the Temporary Income Support Program, or PATI / World Bank With collaboration of Emma Monsalve. The 2008-09 financial crisis significantly affected El Salvador. The economy, as…

Fabrizio Zarcone, Pablo Ariel Acosta, Emma Monsalve |

Countries are facing increasingly frequent negative impacts from adverse natural events. Central America, a region prone and vulnerable to disasters, is a clear example. Just from 1992 to 2011,…

Oscar A. Ishizawa, Juan Jose Miranda |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. [[tweetable]]In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide[[/tweetable]] . While the primary responsibility for…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Bernard Harborne |

Photo Credit: Andy Tembon / World Bank October 16 is World Food Day, a day when people come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger within a lifetime. Many school-age children…

Andy Chi Tembon, Linda Brooke Schultz, Erick Fernandes |

Every mom wants a healthy baby. And in the early days of a child’s life, parents and doctors understandably focus on how the baby’s physical development—is she gaining weight? Is he developing…

Carolyn Miles |

It is July 2012 and cattle farmers in Nicaragua are worried because Guatemala has enacted a series of laws that restrict beef trade. These so-called “non-tariff measures, ” or NTMs, require that…

Jose Daniel Reyes, Maria Jose Gonzalez Rivas |

También disponible en español Também disponível em português This year, World Health Day focuses on hypertension. Specialists report a clear link between excessive salt consumption and high blood…

Sumito Estévez |

Tell a journalist that they’ll be covering a story on a subject they’re passionate about and you’ll make their day. Tell a cook they’ll be tasting different dishes made with the same ingredient,…

José Baig |