Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

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 |

‘Our Economic Policy will be predicated on our agriculture which is the mainstay…’ said Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his inaugural speech in November 2017, setting a new tone for…

Innocent Kasiyano |

We’re pleased to announce support for 12 projects which seek to improve the way development data are produced, managed, and used. They bring together diverse teams of collaborators from around the…

World Bank Data Team |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,…

Derek Headey |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, leaders are not hiding their concerns about the commodities downturn. Government representatives express their…

Paulo de Sa |

Cecil the Lion at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. We all know about the story that broke the Internet: the story of Cecil the lion and the Minnesota dentist who killed him. What you may not know…

Hermione Nevill |

Chef David Chang, left, with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the Future of Food event. ​© Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank How can everyone, everywhere, get enough nutritious food? A…

Donna Barne |