Over the past decade, Bangladesh has experienced an upward shift in focus in early year education planning. The Government is showing a strong commitment to early childhood education and…

Tashmina Rahman, Lucy Bassett |

The deep pre-COVID learning crisis that the world has been grappling with has been made even more severe by the pandemic. Tracking what has happened to the global rate of learning poverty—which…

Jaime Saavedra, Stefania Giannini, Robert Jenkins, Alicia Herbert, LeAnna Marr, Benjamin Piper |

Women’s decision-making is often used as an indicator of women’s bargaining power in the household. This paper uses a spousal survey of 421 farmer couples in the Philippines to measure the extent…

Sundas Liaqat, Aletheia Amalia Donald, Forest Jarvis, Elizaveta Perova, Hillary C. Johnson |

The alarming levels of learning loss from school closures during COVID are higher for poorer countries than for rich ones. The same pattern is true also at the country level—the wealthier do…

Noah Yarrow, Hayeon Kim, Tobias Pfutze |

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 |

Safe Passage worked on improving safety of children commuting to schools through both physical and social actions and was completed during the school closures due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.

Shunelle Nevers |

For South Asia to reach its full economic potential, it must explore untapped opportunities.

Hans Timmer |

We have all heard about the wonders of open-source educational materials, especially books for young readers. The idea of accessing quality materials for free is appealing. And it should be—…

Penelope Bender, Marcela Gutierrez Bernal |

The World Bank and the Financial Times are announcing the winners of our fourth annual youth blog competition.

Paul McClure |

Thousands of school-going children in my country deem online education a luxury. So, rather than produce yet another paper covering that, allow me to highlight the impact this pandemic has had on…

Jamie Mirembe Catalina Namayanja |