Urgent reforms on broadband policy would hasten the digital transformation the Philippines needs to achieve its goal of becoming a prosperous middle-class society by 2040.

Naoto Kanehira, Mitch Abdon, Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos |

Facing the biggest education crisis in a century, commitments to improve must become a reality urgently if children are to gain the future they deserve in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Carlos Felipe Jaramillo |

Following the regional trend, migration flows from the North of Central America -El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua-, have also intensified in the past ten years. Around 3.8 million…

Carolina Mejia-Mantilla, Stephanie González Rubio |

The European Union has introduced a new legislation to prevent imports of commodities contributing to deforestation. One of the commodities affected is coffee, a key export of Central American…

Hira Channa, Viviana Perego, Ekaterina Krivonos, Tom Chalmers |

Considering the global demographic shifts we are seeing and how quickly our everyday lives are moving online, it’s crucial to equip seniors with the skills to connect in a safe and meaningful way…

Niccolò Comini |

An exercise in Central America included a financial response simulation conducted by the World Bank Disaster Risk Management team. This reflects the increasing importance that countries in the…

Rolando Durán Vargas, Francisco Javier Jeria León |

Despite progress toward more comprehensive SPL systems, many Central Americans had limited pre-pandemic access to vital programs to help them cope with crises, find jobs, invest in the health and…

Aylin Isik Dikmelik, Ana Sofia Martinez Cordova |

In 2020, 48.7% of the 16.2 million emigrants from Central America and Mexico were women. The migration phenomenon in Central America particularly affects women and girls, who face challenges at…

Michel Kerf, Manuel Contreras-Urbina, Ana I. Aguilera, Erika Padron, Carlos Xavier Muñoz Burgos |

About three-quarters of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean uses the Internet. The World Bank studies 24 countries in the region and provides three main findings on household digital…

Gabriel Lara Ibarra, Niccolò Comini, Natalija Gelvanovska-Garcia |

Whenever the share of industry in the economy starts waning, industrial expansion often becomes a component of the growth policies. This blog analyzes if and how targeting labor market barriers…

Rishabh Sinha |