Having hovered around 10 percent for over 20 years, female labor force participation (FLFP) in urban Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. To investigate why, our teams met with groups of…

Silvia Redaelli, Noor Rahman |

Policy Research Working Paper series publication roundup for the weeks of May 24 and 31

Policy Research Working Paper team |

Childcare matters for the economic participation of men and women alike. Without it, parents of young children would not be able to join the labor force. However, as those who carry out the bulk…

Marina Elefante, Alena Sakhonchik |

The current approach to COVID-19 vaccination – using limited vaccine supplies to protect low-risk populations in a handful of countries while low- and middle-income economies wait indefinitely for…

David Malpass |

In Malawi, where stunting is as high as 37%, and 10% of the gross domestic product is lost annually due to malnutrition, girls are becoming part of the solution.

Blessings Botha |

Improving women’s access to land and protecting their rights, can be a stabilizing factor for these situations, contributing to economic and social stability, food security, sustainable…

Rafeef Abdel Razek, Ivonne Astrid Moreno Horta, Linus Pott |

In 38 countries, women can still be fired for being pregnant

Olena Mykhalchenko, Isabel Santagostino Recavarren |

In recent years, governments across the continent have expanded social safety net programs in growing recognition of their importance to reducing poverty and creating economic opportunities for…

Eliana Carranza, Amy Copley, Aletheia Amalia Donald |

Data can create economic and social value, which can be multiplied through repurposing and reuse. But are these social and economic benefits derived from data equitably shared, particularly in…

Malarvizhi Veerappan, Talip Kilic |

Whether we seek to reduce poverty, boost economic growth, or otherwise increase the welfare of Angolans, the starting point is the same: empower girls.

Mamta Murthi, Jean-Christophe Carret |