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 |

The Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA)’s origin story has its roots in the Nile Basin. On February 22nd (Nile Day), to celebrate the Nile, the world’s longest river which…

Ai-Ju Huang, Shyam KC |

It is commonly thought that a shock affecting agricultural production will translate into food insecurity a few months later––during the next lean season. However, high-frequency data from the…

Emma Frankham, Jonas Heirman, Marcus Holmlund, Patrick Premand, Jennifer Waidler |

West and Central Africa faces compounding challenges including increased climate change impacts, such as prolonged drought and unpredictable rainy seasons causing flooding in the Sahel; high…

Jorge Trevino, Thierry Davy |

Since 2011, as part of the Nile Basin Initiative, the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office in partnership with CIWA has run an internship program for the next generation of talented water…

Shyam KC, Yukio Tanaka, Anders Jagerskog |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces four papers published from November 16 to November 30 on various topics,…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

With 90 percent of fresh water in Africa found within 63 international river basin catchments crossing multiple borders, water resource management on the continent must be an inherently…

Noosha Tayebi |

Maps and the use of geographical information systems (GIS) are also key tools in understanding the value of ‘unseen’ resources such as groundwater, a topic that will be at the forefront of the…

Angelica Valeria Ospina, Erwin de Nys |

Food-import bills are surging fastest for poor countries that are already in debt distress. The danger of an overlapping food and debt crisis is greatest those at high risk of debt distress or…

Marcello Estevão |

Understanding and carefully studying the conditions under which host communities are successful at integrating people who have been forced to flee their home is critical for the international…

Louise Cord, Audrey Sacks, Stephen Winkler |