Creating new jobs is one of the biggest challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. This blog assesses the short-term impacts of two innovative interventions to enhance private sector…

Michael Grimm, Michael Weber, Sidiki Soubeiga |

Women’s decision-making is often used as an indicator of women’s bargaining power in the household. This paper uses a spousal survey of 421 farmer couples in the Philippines to measure the extent…

Sundas Liaqat, Aletheia Amalia Donald, Forest Jarvis, Elizaveta Perova, Hillary C. Johnson |

Social protection measures could cushion energy price shocks. However, social protection measures in the absence of macro- or sectoral- reforms are not fiscally sustainable.

Apurva Sanghi, Jevgenijs Steinbuks |

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 lives of most Congolese have not improved since the Congo Wars ended 20 years ago. Persistent conflict and slow economic progress caused living standards to decline year after year. Most…

Jean-Christophe Carret, Olga Kadima, Cia Sjetnan |

While recent decades have seen a narrowing of gender gaps, more innovative approaches are needed to tackle persistent challenges. This World Bank policy note helps to motivate and guide policy…

Christopher Walsh, Ana Maria Rojas Méndez, Abigail Dalton |

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 |

This study assesses the impacts of hosting refugees on the livelihood strategies of households in host communities focusing on diversification and agricultural commercialization. It uses a dataset…

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, Solomon Zena Walelign, Ganesh Seshan |

The pandemic experience revealed a new set of strengths and weaknesses of global trade. A joint report shows that open trade will be increasingly important to meet the growing demand for health-…

Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta |

Market closures and lockdowns in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic; droughts and floods accelerated by climate change; conflict-induced displacement and locust disruptions to…

Paolo Belli, Christian Bodewig, Robert Chase, Dhushyanth Raju |