Low- and middle-income countries (LICs and MICs) are increasingly tapping the international capital markets for debt financing. It makes sense for them to do so if their financing needs exceed…

Girum Abate, Michael Brown, Alex Sienaert, Mark Thomas |

Endless procedures, unnecessary burdens and uncertainty about which regulations apply to their business activities and how to comply with them. These are the answers from many businessmen when…

Alfredo Gonzalez Briseño, Alejandro Espinosa-Wang |

Everyone wants a quick recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. This crisis has hit the transition economies of emerging Europe and central Asia (henceforth ECA transition EMDEs) particularly…

Sudharshan Canagarajah, Martin Brownbridge |

The global economy is strengthening as it emerges from the deepest global recession since World War II. But its robust rebound in 2021 is expected to be markedly uneven.

Justin-Damien Guénette |

An uneven global economic recovery in 2021 promises to invert a longstanding principle of success and failure

Caroline Miranda, Fernando Blanco, Tatiana Nenova |

On March 16, 2021, the World Bank in Malaysia released a new Flagship Report Aiming High—Navigating the Next Stage of Malaysia’s Development which looks at the next frontier of the country’s…

Richard Record |

Digital technology and the data revolution offer countries significant potential to increase public service efficiency and delivery, and to boost transparency and citizen trust.

Anna Bjerde, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt |

A new report shows how fiscal reforms can positively influence forest conservation and ecosystem health as part of the climate and sustainable development policy mix.

Marcello Estevão, Karin Kemper |