The cultural and creative sector accounts for 3.1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) as of 2022, according to a recent report by UNESCO. This rapidly growing sector generates nearly 30…

Meghna Chadha, Sunamika Singh, Laura Overmeyer |

Helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) grow is a central ingredient in poverty reduction. E-commerce and integration with value chains can be especially effective in enabling MSMEs to…

Douglas Pearce |

Digital transformation could go a long way towards addressing several of Guinea Bissau's fragility drivers, particularly by boosting financial inclusion.

Daniel Nogueira-Budny |

Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH), a new study by FAO, Duke University and WorldFish, sheds important new light on the jobs in the neglected sector of small-scale fisheries (SSF).

Gianluigi Nico, Luc Christiaensen |

COVID-19 has caused a severe employment shock with an equivalent of 230 million estimated full-time jobs losses in 2020 relative to 2019. After more than two years into the pandemic, we see signs…

Joana Silva, Michael Weber, Kevwe Pela |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces five papers published in August 2022 on various topics, including COVID-19…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Sub-Saharan African countries have become less productive relative to global efficiency benchmarks over past decades. These countries are not where they aspire to be. The persistence of this…

Cesar Calderon, Kevwe Pela |

A fast track to acquiring relevant job skills is critical in a region facing obstacles to growth, innovation and consolidation of equity gains.

Emanuela Di Gropello, María Marta Ferreyra |

World Bank report on future of manufacturing in Bangladesh finds that firms with higher technology levels in Bangladesh’s manufacturing sector perform better. Strengthening firm capabilities can…

Gaurav Nayyar, Siddharth Sharma |

Given that multinational corporations are increasingly influential, governments may need to reassess trade policies and domestic labor market policies. This study investigates the impacts of the…

JaeBin Ahn, Jaerim Choi, Sunghoon Chung |