To prosper, emerging markets and developing economies need to increase openness, liberalize markets and prices, strengthen laws and regulations that protect property, and allow competition,…

David Malpass |

During a recent “Dinner in the Dark” social experiment, Kenya’s governors, policy makers and legislators experienced first-hand some of the same challenges as people living with disabilities.…

Annette Akinyi Omolo |

More than one billion people globally – about 15% of the world’s population – are estimated to have a disability. Most of them live in developing countries.

Maninder Gill, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Photo: Dane Macri/The Advocacy Project via Flickr CC. The relationship between poverty and disability goes both ways: [[tweetable]]disability increases the risk of poverty[[/tweetable]], and[[…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

After an accident at his workplace, Bhoomi, a 26-year-old from rural Tamil Nadu, India, lost interest in work and isolated himself from everyone. His neighbors were at a loss to understand the…

Varalakshmi Vemuru, Samhita Kumar |

Slideshow: Reimagining a park, a river, and other public spaces in Seoul (Photos by Judy Zheng Jia / World Bank) [[tweetable]]"If you lose the human scale, the city becomes an ugly place,…

Judy Zheng Jia, Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Bidgood, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

Mr. Kannan, a differently abled social entrepreneur. (Photo: Varalakshmi Vemuru) During my recent mission visit to Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu, India, I met with Mr. Kannan, a social…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

Devotees at the Erwadi Dargah in Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo: DMPH Erwadi) Last month I blogged about how mental illness is curable, treatable, and preventable. Today, let me take you to a town in…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

On World Mental Health Day, here’s a fact to reflect on: [[tweetable]]people with mental illness are among the socially excluded and marginalized groups in society. [[/tweetable]]They are often…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

About this series More blog posts An estimated 15% of the global population, or about 1 billion people, experience some form of disability. Persons with disabilities face many barriers in access…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |