Ukraine and Russia supply key goods to the world economy: food products such as wheat, corn, and seed oils, and energy products and fertilisers for agriculture. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Minh Cong Nguyen, Nadir Mohammed, Johannes Hoogeveen |

A generation of students across the globe will likely suffer lifelong losses to their earning potential because of the closure of schools and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kuwaiti…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad, Simon Bilo |

The prices of several goods, including intermediate inputs such as cement, are higher on average in the world's poorest countries, including many in Africa. This blog assesses why we are…

Tristan Reed |

For over a decade, Women, Business and the Law has been examining laws affecting women's participation in the economy. The 2022 edition of the report contributes new pilot data on laws for…

Tea Trumbic, Diva Dhar, Alena Sakhonchik, Jungwon Kim |

Between the 1970s and 1998, the World Bank financed 100 sites and services projects in 53 countries. Now, could a second generation of sites and services projects be a solution for the housing…

Judy Baker, Sheila Kamunyori, Keziah Mwang’a |

We are very proud to embark in this new journey as Founding members of the first ever Youth Voices Chapter in the Africa West and Central Region of the World Bank. For us the adventure that has…

Eliane Mbende |

Marital power – the husband’s ability to have his will prevail – has long lingered in South Africa. A recently published Women, Business and the Law brief details the pioneering efforts of South…

Nisha Arekapudi, Natália Mazoni Silva Martins |

The World Bank conducted a second round of its High Frequency (HiFy) Phone Survey in October and November 2021 to monitor the well-being of individuals and households through time.

Zainab Ali Ahmad, Ririn Purnamasari, Sean Hambali |

Nigeria’s aspiration to lift all of its people out of poverty by 2030 presents a serious challenge. Trade presents one vital – but often untapped – pathway to poverty reduction. Through its…

Jonathan Lain, Jakob Engel |

Mounting concerns over transport emissions contributing to climate change, coupled with the insatiable demand for expensive petroleum from Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, have compelled…

Gerald Ollivier, Shyam Srinivasan, Shyamasis Das |