The Kyrgyz Open Joint Stock Company Guarantee Fund (GF) program has played an important role in supporting MSMEs’ access to finance when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Emiko Todoroki, Malik-Aidar Abakirov, Eric Talasbaev |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group that were published in the World Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series. This entry…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Find out how the World Bank is helping Poland improve air quality and energy efficiency by taking into consideration homeowners' attitudes when facing the need to invest in energy efficiently…

Jonathan Karver, Reena Badiani-Magnusson, James Carroll |

Businesses worldwide feel the repercussions of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but how exactly is the private sector faring in Central Asia—a region with deep trade and investment ties to Russia…

Mariana Iootty, Martin Melecky |

Additional Financing for the Judicial Modernization and Smart Infrastructure Project is helping complete the critical court infrastructure and further implement digital judiciary services,…

Eva Melis |

Food markets have been wildly disrupted by the war in Ukraine (Ruta, 2022; Espitia et al. 2022). Export restrictions have made a bad situation worse, contributing to food scarcity and higher food…

Alvaro Espitia, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta |

The more accurate the public can be in documenting their driving experiences, the more precise government agencies and development partners, like the World Bank, can help fill pot-holes—ensuring a…

Charles Cormier, Tatiana Proskuryakova |

The World Bank Group is joining forces with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and development partners to deliver an ambitious energy reform program which was showcased at the Bishkek…

Naveed Hassan Naqvi, Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee |

Virtual reality (VR) offers teachers and school administrators opportunities to foster empathy and cohesion with refugee students, as is already happening through a World Bank-supported project in…

Marjorie Chinen, Ana María Oviedo |

Africa faces a continuously changing global trade environment, bringing new challenges and opportunities for increasing growth and reducing poverty. The proliferation of regional trade agreements…

Souleymane Coulibaly, Woubet Kassa, Albert Zeufack |