No country can truly prosper without sustained investments in its people. Recognizing this challenge, Morocco is giving increasing priority to early childhood development

Isabelle Poupaert |

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 |

Credit: Arne Hoel From my corner of the World Bank, the development objective of promoting gender equality can seem vague or unrelated to what we do. We can give three cheers for our colleagues…

Christine Shepherd |

Walk into Zahra Youssouf Kayad’s office and you’ll see colorful local artwork on the walls. One picture depicts a woman making straw brooms. “Whenever I go to other parts of the country, I ask to…

Roger Fillion |

In recent years, a spate of articles came out proclaiming the benefits of paternity leave. One article by the New York Times cited a study in Sweden that stated that mother’s future earnings…

Asif Islam, Mohammad Amin, Alena Sakhonchik |

©IFPRI/Milo Mitchell Investment in infrastructure services in emerging economies is key to tackling extreme poverty and enhancing shared prosperity. Achieving gender equality is equally important…

Susanne Foerster, Victoria Rigby Delmon |

Also available in: Español “As a young woman, I feel powerless and exposed when a man harasses me in the bus.  One feels more vulnerable because people don’t react to the situation. No one helps……

Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Bianca Bianchi Alves |

About this series More blog posts All societies are guided by a certain number of rules - formal or not, written or unwritten, that define how members of the community are expected to behave, how…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maria Beatriz Orlando |

Jordan is at the bottom of the list when it comes to women’s economic participation, ranking 139 out of 142 countries. Gender activists say Jordan’s legislation, unfriendly work practices, and…

Nadine Nimri |

WomenX – Taking It To Scale – Women At The Helm It takes a special type of woman to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t quite know what to expect when, earlier this year, I met with a group of women…

Cecile Fruman |