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 |

Financial services such as payments, savings accounts, and credit can help drive development by helping people escape poverty by facilitating investments in their health, education, and businesses…

Saniya Ansar, Jijun Wang, Mansi Vipin Panchamia, Sri Sravya Raaga Akkineni |

The Global Findex 2021 contains a deep array of insights on global account ownership, usage, and financial resilience. Two trends seen in the data are particularly worth exploring given the impact…

Leora Klapper, Jean Pesme, Sophie Sirtaine |

This World Bank report suggests that, in many countries, policy-makers ability to stabilize their public debt ratios through fiscal tightening may be restrained by budget rigidities that predated…

Marcello Estevão, Santiago Herrera Aguilera, Eduardo Olaberria |

The importance of finance for investment and growth implies that the financial sector is central to the growth agenda in Pakistan. And yet, Pakistan’s financial sector has under-delivered on its…

Namoos Zaheer, Rafay Khan |

This World Bank study examines how debt and economic growth in developing countries evolve before, during, and after the onset of three types of calamities— natural disasters, conflicts, and…

Rachel Yuting Fan, Daniel Lederman, Ha Nguyen, Claudio Rojas |

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 Government of Malawi initiated the Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Scaling (FInES) project, with a $86 million credit from the International Development Association. Through this…

Efrem Chilima |

A case study published by Women, Business and the Law identify three success factors that made legal reform possible for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who until 2016 could not…

Natalia Agapitova, Julia Braunmiller, Marie Dry |