Ghana has suffered from large fiscal volatility around election cycles for the past two decades. This volatility has been identified as one of the key challenges for Ghana’s future development…

Michael Geiger, Arthur Mendes |

Photo: Hoel/World Bank Remittances are  critical economic resources in emerging economies, helping vulnerable populations withstand adverse economic conditions. Personal remittances represent as…

Rodrigo Mejia-Ricart, Camilo Tellez, Marco Nicoli |

© istockphoto.com As a structured finance specialist in the World Bank Treasury, I work on a trading floor and talk to banks, investors, and development partners daily, so together we can find…

Akinchan “Aki” Jain |

The traditional route of industrialization for developing countries may no longer be available for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This should not be a source of regret, as the…

Ferid Belhaj, Rabah Arezki |

Photo credit: Shutterstock How can digital financial services effectively support financial inclusion? To answer this question, the World Bank recently collaborated with the Association of…

Ana Maria Aviles, Verónica Trujillo |

[[tweetable]]This International Women’s Day I chose to have a conversation with a lady who is recognized as the leading Sri Lankan woman entrepreneur, Mrs. Aban Pestonjee.[[/tweetable]]   Her…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

View from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / World Bank Published in digital portal El Dinero In the past, a company in the Dominican Republic facing financial difficulties, such as falling…

Andrés F. Martínez, Annabel González |

Basira Basiratkha, principal of the Female Experimental High School in Herat, Afghanistan. Her school benefited from an IDA-supported program. © Graham Crouch/World Bank At the World Bank, we…

Akihiko Nishio |

Also available in: Español Photo: Max Souffriau/Flickr Over 10 million people now live in the Lima Metropolitan Area, equivalent to about 1/3 of Peru’s total population. As the number of residents…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Irene Portabales González, Ana Rodriguez Coteron, Lincoln Flor |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |