Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Over the last couple of years a small team of us have worked on an initiative to incorporate the regular, systematic feedback of citizens into the design and…

Soren Gigler |

Halfway through the year, Paula Caballero, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice Senior Director at the World Bank, wrote that 2015 would be the year the world was going to connect the…

Isabel Saldarriaga |

Now that we've reached the end of 2015, it's clear this was a year of major milestones, emerging trends, and new beginnings. Among other things, 2015 marked a historic drop in poverty, a…

Donna Barne, Tariq Khokhar |

In Pictures: Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan and Lebanon Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, over 6.5 million of the country’s people have been internally displaced and almost 4.4 million…

Paolo Verme, Ewen Macleod |

Discussing public services in Pakistan. Credit: GSP/MDTF/2013 I arrived in Pakistan right after the third round of local elections held in most provinces on December 5. ​This was the first local…

Ming Zhang |

HPV vaccine being administered in Botswana. Photo: Ministry of Health of Botswana ​The World Bank Group’s new Gender Equality Strategy for 2016-2023, launched last week, addresses gender inclusion…

Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

World Bank Country Manager for Romania Elisabetta Capannelli and her daughter,  who was an orphan in Manilla before joining Capannelli's family. Reeling from a long year of work and toil,…

Elisabetta Capannelli |

Labor reforms have been a key reform agenda in Zambia for quite some time. Experience on the ground shows that labor laws can have a significant impact on poverty and competitiveness. When laws…

Gibson Masumbu |