2016 has become the year for water. From the World Economic Forum, COP22, to the Budapest Water Summit, water has been widely acknowledged as a key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,…

Li Lou, Brittany Scalise |

Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

How can governments ensure that they get their money’s worth when they embrace open government reforms?   Ongoing research suggests that open government reforms—those that promote transparency,…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny, Stephen Davenport, Tiago Carneiro Peixoto |

Photo Credit: United Nations Development of infrastructure services is often a central feature for rebuilding fragile and conflict affected states (FCSs). One of the reasons is that infrastructure…

Mark Jamison |

Also available in: Español | Français | 中文 The modern tramway system in Rabat Salé, Morocco. Photo: LukaKikina/Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a victim…

Jose Luis Irigoyen, Shomik Mehndiratta |

The World Development Indicators database has been updated. This is a regular quarterly update to over 800 indicators and includes both new indicators and updates to existing indicators.  This…

World Bank Data Team |

The 2017 edition of International Debt Statistics has just been published. IDS 2017 presents statistics and analysis on the external debt and financial flows (debt and equity) for the world’s…

World Bank Data Team |

A blogpost on financial incentives in health by one of us in September 2015 generated considerable interest. The post raised several issues, one being whether demand-side financial incentives (…

Adam Wagstaff, Damien de Walque, Jed Friedman, Sven Neelsen |

One of the prevailing notions about PPPs is that upfront costs are wholly paid for by the private sector, allowing the public to spread their costs (whether as users or through taxes) throughout…

Jenny Chao |

The LSMS team continues to support the World Bank's pledge to collaborate with the 78 poorest countries to collect high-quality national household survey data every three years, to better…

Raka Banerjee |