A summary of the important steps the World Bank Group has taken in response to COVID-19.

David Malpass |

The International Day of Forests this month is an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by forests in improving the livelihoods of 400 million Africans who depend on them for food, energy…

Africa Olojoba |

The global community has been talking about the need to protect the world’s forests for decades now. Despite the talk, it’s clear that forests around the world are still under significant threat…

Roy Parizat |

We have documented changes in the insolvency laws of 190 countries around the world over the past 15 years. The goal of this dataset—part of the Doing Business project—is to enable research…

Simeon Djankov, Klaus Koch-Saldarriaga |

On this rainy morning in January 2020, I am delighted to join my colleagues from the World Bank office in Madagascar—all of us wearing raincoats and carrying shovels, ready to plant 1,000 plants…

Erik Reed |

With the help of Nepal’s Office of the Auditor General (OAG), which is supported by the World Bank, local citizens are taking back control and enforcing rule of law to defend Nepal’s Fewa Lake, an…

Franck Bessette, Anjalee Thakali |

CCTs outperform UCTs for intermediate participation indicators and, to a lesser extent, human capital outcomes. CCT programs create incentives for individuals to change their behaviors by denying…

Berk Özler |

In June 2019, the World Bank Global Economic Prospect emphasized that unsustainable accumulation of public debt has become gradually troublesome in the past years, with incentives often working…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Wilfried A. Kouame |

What key insights have emerged from development economics in the past decade, and how should they impact the work of the World Bank? We are using this new series of blog posts to highlight…

Aart Kraay |

Economic activity in South Asia decelerated sharply in 2019 amid financial sector issues in India, monetary tightening in Pakistan, and global headwinds to regional exports. Five charts illustrate…

Temel Taskin |