With nearly 10,000 inhabited islands, there are thousands of diverse island communities across Southeast Asia facing the challenge of beaches covered in plastic. Photo: Shutterstock/

Kate Philp |

Addressing social inclusion and equity issues for the vulnerable is central to two of the World Bank’s overarching goals — ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

Monyrath Nuth |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens the uneven recovery of East Asia and Pacific. The invasion comes on top of the economic distress caused by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the financial…

Aaditya Mattoo, Ekaterine T. Vashakmadze, Ergys Islamaj |

Starting in November 2020, we studied the opportunities and challenges to digitize Cambodia’s garment factory wages through interviews and surveys with over 400 workers and managers from more than…

Leora Klapper, Maria Soledad Requejo, Christine Svarer |

Cambodia has been implementing a human capacity building project supported by the World Bank, the German Development Bank KfW, and other development partners, to improve the quality of education…

Ziauddin Hyder |

While countries should take advantage of the apparel industry to bring more women in the labor force, they also need policies to tackle barriers that prevent women from pursuing careers.

Stacey Frederick, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Raymond Robertson, Mexico Vergara |

The Cambodia Health Financing System Assessment (HFSA), seeks to provide an in-depth assessment of critical interventions covering maternal, neonatal, and child health designed to close equity…

Emiko Masaki, Ziauddin Hyder, Meriem Boudjadja |

Cambodia has achieved significant economic growth and secured key health indicators since 1980—when it was left with only 50 doctors. The country is climbing steadily toward obtaining universal…

Ziauddin Hyder, Nareth Ly |

Institutions matter for growth and prosperity, today more than ever. What specific set of institutions are optimal or desirable for economic growth? Do countries need to build strong institutions…

Alma Kanani, Marco Larizza |

Ecosystem accounting can measure and build our understanding of nature’s ability to provide critical benefits that underpin human well-being.

Karin Kemper |