In more than 80 percent of these countries, government debt is now higher than before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Many of these economies need to urgently improve fiscal positions within…

M. Ayhan Kose, Franziska Ohnsorge, Naotaka Sugawara |

As we keep hearing the term “inflation” in the news every day, it’s worth revisiting what that really means for MENA countries. Here are four policies that tackle high inflation and low growth…

Nadir Mohammed, Kevin Carey, Johannes Hoogeveen, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo |

Access to safe and efficient transportation services is a challenge for many workers worldwide. For minimum wage or informal workers, commuting between home and work can easily turn into a…

Clotilde V. Minster, Nabil Samir, Jean-François Arvis |

In Lebanon, 60% of women still cite “childcare responsibilities” as the main reason why they do not join the workforce. Despite a high educational attainment, with 64% of women having completed at…

Lama Abou Char, Angela Elzir, Ahmad Jaber |

A government’s economic performance, as evidenced for example, by how well it manages fiscal budgets, or how much integrity the public sector exhibits, as evidenced by measures of corruption, are…

Roumeen Islam, Claudio Rojas |

The energy sector remains a male-dominated field across the world, and this is no different in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Women in MENA already have a generally low participation…

Husam Beides, Elisabeth Maier |

What are we learning from the unprecedented social protection responses to Covid-19? This blog combines analysis of large datasets with a review of about 300 papers, evaluations, and practical…

Ugo Gentilini |

Developing countries have benefited hugely from the exports of services over the past 15 years and will now benefit further as export opportunities widen due to fewer restrictions, technology…

Alen Mulabdic, Gaurav Nayyar |

When the COVID-19 lockdown measures began, international organizations predicted a massive decline in remittances to developing countries. However, when the first 2020 figures became public…

Lelys Dinarte-Diaz, David Jaume, Eduardo Medina-Cortina |

Even where industrial output is rising, job creation in manufacturing is limited and productivity growth in manufacturing is outpacing demand. Large companies in developing economies have been…

Christian Ketels, Emiliano Duch |