In seven East Asia and Pacific (EAP) countries, policymakers prioritize secondary school completion over basic learning quality, while underestimating the levels of learning poverty. This…

Noah Yarrow |

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 |

Cambodia has made remarkable development progress over the past decades through rapid economic growth, averaging over seven percent per year in the decade before the COVID-19 pandemic and lifting…

Sebastian Eckardt, Faya Hayati |

Viet Nam’s quest for water security and the World Bank’s support for this effort have evolved significantly over the past three decades. Today, the focus has shifted towards building resilience…

Paul Smith |

Explore the latest World Bank research on urban growth and its links to rising flood risks. Dive deep into data-driven insights on how urbanization trends since 1985 have impacted flood exposure…

Jun Rentschler, Paolo Avner, Stéphane Hallegatte |

The conditions and circumstances of people across the world cannot be boiled down to only national averages. Within the same country, economic development can be unbalanced, with some regions…

Judy Yang, Minh Cong Nguyen, Carlos Sabatino |

The question of what countries trade, and why is a complex and pressing one. This blog characterizes the specific activities involved in exports, providing an understanding that goes beyond…

Hagen Kruse, Marcel Timmer, Xianjia Ye, Gaaitzen de Vries, Deborah Winkler |

Representatives from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Egypt, and Vietnam recently traveled to the Netherlands to learn about flood risk reduction, drought mitigation, restoration of ecosystems, and…

Klaas de Groot, Berenice Flores Arias Uijtewaal, Heba Ahmed, Phuong Hoang Ai Nguyen |

World Bank guarantees play a vital role in addressing global challenges, attracting private sector expertise, and mobilizing capital for development projects. Explore the impact of guarantees in…

Şebnem Erol Madan |

Vietnam aims to become a high-income country by 2045, but the damage caused by climate change poses a critical obstacle to this goal. Climate action —both adapting to its effects and mitigating…

Muthukumara Mani, Vinod Thomas |