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 |

Pakistani girls attending a primary school. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which identifies the changes…

Illango Patchamuthu |

Shamela Hakeem outside her home in Gazipur district's Shinglab village, Dhaka. Photo: World Bank In a tiny hamlet called Shinglab in Gazipur district, around 2 hours from Dhaka, you can see a…

Shilpa Banerji |

Technological innovation in the financial industry has reached the wealth management services industry where automated financial advisors, known as robo-advisors, are starting to compete with…

Facundo Abraham, Sergio Schmukler, José Tessada |

As the world works toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Islamic social finance provides new options to help mobilize these efforts, in particularly to end poverty and hunger. (Photo…

Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz, Wei Zhang |