A recent World Bank paper tested the effectiveness of a social-media-delivered of entertainment education (edutainment) campaign targeting 18-24-year-olds residing in seven large cities in…

Dante Donati, Victor Orozco, Nandan Rao |

While in many situations the current standards are not sufficient to achieve reproducibility, this blog argues that modern computing changes the conditions necessary and sufficient for…

Michael M. Lokshin, Zurab Sajaia |

One year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of education became the main predictor of joblessness in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda. These four countries represent 34% of…

Ivette Maria Contreras-González, Gbemisola Oseni, Amparo Palacios-Lopez, Janneke Pieters, Michael Weber |

In developing countries, we are seeing a massive growth in demand for higher education as more students than ever are moving through the education pipeline—from primary to secondary and on to…

Mamta Murthi, Roberta Malee Bassett |

This paper analyses data from the World Bank’s high-frequency phone surveys to estimate levels of vaccine hesitancy in 53 developing countries. Findings point out that 1 in 5 adults were hesitant…

Julia Dayton Eberwein, Ifeanyi Edochie, David Newhouse, Alexandru Cojocaru, Gildas Bopahbe Deudibe, Yeon Soo Kim |

As many as 70% of 10 year-olds in low- and middle-income economies can’t read and understand a basic text—what we call “learning poverty.” Learning deficits were already large before the pandemic…

David Malpass |

The world is facing a learning crisis in low- and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs). This is, to a large extent, a problem stemming from the chronic under-financing of education in…

Aditi Lal, Thomas Poulsen |

In 2021, the World Food Programme’s Impact Evaluation Unit teamed up with WFP’s School-Based Programme division and the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) department to launch the…

Roshni Khincha, Florence Kondylis, Simone Lombardini, Astrid Zwager, Jonas Heirman |

The Global Findex 2021 shows global gains in account ownership and usage, but more can be done to improve the financial resilience and well-being of adults in developing economies.

Leora Klapper, Pia Roman Tayag |

Data from the private sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) points to the consequences of gender-based discrimination in the labor market, as discussed in a recent paper based on a…

Marie Caitriona Hyland, Asif Islam, Silvia Muzi |