There is no denying that governments across the world today are facing increasingly complex pressures that are altering the world in which we live – fragility, conflict and violence; large…

Nicholas Nam |

Photo: World Bank Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series. You can read part-two here. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed herein are those of the…

Adrian Di Giovanni |

Available in Chinese Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank The idea that economic growth needs good governance and good governance needs economic growth takes us to a perennial chicken-and-egg debate:…

Yuen Ang |

This blog is part of a series accompanying the Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2017. In response to frequent questions from those trying to gain familiarity with the monitoring method…

Libbet Loughnan, Luis Andres, Shiqing Li |

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Tariq Khokhar |

Also available in: Spanish | العربية | Français World Bank Group / 2013 Since the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a decade ago, over 180…

Prabhat Jha, Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

  Over a billion people—about 15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. Almost 80% of them live in the developing world, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. While urbanization brings…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

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 |

As part of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings that took place in Lima last October, we organized a Wikistage event to discuss the corrosive effects and the social and economic implications of…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Let’s be clear.  Tobacco use, and its negative health, social and economic impact, is not a global problem that is simply going away. As documented in a recent study, despite significant…

Patricio V. Marquez |