Creating new jobs is one of the biggest challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. This blog assesses the short-term impacts of two innovative interventions to enhance private sector…

Michael Grimm, Michael Weber, Sidiki Soubeiga |

Mobile phones provide an efficient, reliable and cost-effective way of capturing and digitizing data. They also allow for rapid customization and variation in survey design. Building on this,…

Wenyu Jia, Edward Beukes, Justin Coetzee, Philip van Ryneveld |

Time has not stood still since September 2019 when the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began rolling out free primary schooling. Since then, while the world has forever changed due to the…

Jean-Christophe Carret, Scherezad Latif |

One objective of fiscal policy is to stabilize a country’s macroeconomic environment. Countercyclical fiscal measures intend to offset the effects of the economic cycle on a country’s economy. For…

Jose Luis Diaz Sanchez, Joana Monteiro da Mota |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recently published working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces 5 papers published from June 1 to June 15, 2022, on various topics…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

“We must dare to invent the future.” The Government of Uganda (GoU) is embracing Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara’s dictum. Even as Uganda remains at the center of Africa’s largest…

Chris Mahony, Barry Maher, Simeon Abel |

Renewable sources of energy can help countries mitigate climate change, build resilience to volatile prices, and lower energy costs.

Demetrios Papathanasiou |

“Digital Senegal for Inclusive Growth: Technological Transformation for Better and More Jobs” presents new data on enterprises and households adopting and using digital technologies. Senegal is…

Mark Dutz, Marcio Cruz, Carlos Rodríguez Castelán |

The prices of several goods, including intermediate inputs such as cement, are higher on average in the world's poorest countries, including many in Africa. This blog assesses why we are…

Tristan Reed |