The celebration of Earth Day this week should cause us to pause and consider the state of our planet. What weighs heavily on our minds is the degradation of West Africa’s coasts; they are…

Elikia Abraham, Melissa Landesz |

[[tweetable]]​In a packed World Bank board room on April 13, 2019, Finance Ministers from over 20 countries came together as part of a Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. [[/…

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Ang Dolma Sherpa, an expert carpet weaver in West Sikkim is one of the 200-300 women weavers in the region who are benefiting from the project’s interventions. Photo: World Bank Until six months…

Priti Kumar, Amit Arora |

Pakistan is not investing enough and its share of investment to GDP is one of the lowest in the world at 15 percent almost half of the South Asian average at 30 percent. This translates into…

Muhammad Waheed, Adnan Ashraf Ghumman |

The Plateau area, business and administrative center of Dakar. Photo: Sarah Farhat/The World Bank More people in the world have access to financial accounts and tools than ever before. With this…

Marco Nicoli, Usman Ahmed |

Shanghai at night, Huangpu River.  © Wu Zhiyi/World Bank [[tweetable]]Four years have passed since the launch of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Mobilizing the necessary…

Marco Scuriatti, Dag Detter |

South Asian countries’ exports are only one-third of what they should be, had they mirrored the experience of economies with similar characteristics. Without further integration into global…

Hans Timmer |

Since the beginning of the Digital Revolution, people have been wondering about digitization of the workplace and how it relates to production and employment. Although a significant number of…

Olansis Mulugeta Wolde |

If you are unbanked there is a high likelihood you are living on the edge of poverty, exclusion and vulnerability. If you struggle to attain or maintain a secure, well-paying job, you probably do…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Cyril Muller |

Pakistani women in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: A M Syed, Shutterstock  This blog is part of a series examining women’s economic empowerment in South Asia. In patriarchal societies—as in most of…

Saman Amir, Ahmad Shah Durrani |