Climate change is an existential threat for Pacific Island countries that can lead to the risk of displacement and migration for families and communities across the region.

Rebekah Ramsay, Lachlan McDonald, John Cox |

Enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic labor force is critical for maintaining the FSM’s productivity and inclusive growth.

Sandor Karacsony, Saurav Dev Bhatta |

Recently, the World Bank has collaborated with Samoan government ministries, a local non-government organizations and researchers to conduct the Samoa Food and Tobacco Household Survey to…

Sutayut Osornprasop, Nicola Hawley, Jutta Krahn |

The World Bank updated its global poverty lines last month and the number of poor is now significantly different in certain countries and regions. For the EAP region, this changes our view of the…

Rinku Murgai, Hassan Zaman |

From little things, big things grow: Papua New Guinea cocoa farmers defy the pandemic downturn

Ruth Moiam |

With extensive coastlines, many island nations, and low-lying territories, the East Asia and Pacific region is highly susceptible to climate-related disasters. The region has developing and…

Abidah B. Setyowati, Susan Shen |

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 |

A working paper develops a Gender Employment Gap Index (GEGI) designed to be a simple and transparent measure of the long-run effects on GDP of closing gender employment gaps that can be…

Steven Pennings |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces 4 papers published from February 16 to February 28 on various topics, including…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Labor mobility and remittances in the Pacific during COVID-19

Dung Doan, Kirstie Petrou |