Global food prices have retreated from the latest highs, but significant risks continue to threaten the downward trend in prices. They include a prolonged and deeper conflict in Ukraine; higher…

John Baffes |

Just as the economies of the Western Balkans were looking to sustain a recovery from the shock of COVID-19, the region now faces a new combination of challenges. The war in Ukraine, the resulting…

Sanja Madzarevic-Sujster, Richard Record |

Whenever the share of industry in the economy starts waning, industrial expansion often becomes a component of the growth policies. This blog analyzes if and how targeting labor market barriers…

Rishabh Sinha |

South Asian countries face competing policy priorities as they continue to address the scars from the COVID-19 pandemic amid a series of shocks rocking the region.

Zoe Leiyu Xie, Xiao'ou Zhu |

The nine charts in this Commodity Markets Outlook highlight commodity price developments with a focus on oil prices, natural gas purchases, fertilizer affordability, food prices, and precious…

John Baffes, Peter Nagle |

Social bond issuance jumped sevenfold in 2020, primarily targeting health care, education, and small and medium enterprises. Despite this significant growth, sovereign green, social, and…

Valentina Saltane |

The 4th World Bank Tax Conference exposed the magnitude of the challenge to build equitable tax systems via policies that improve compliance of the very wealthy. This blog highlights a summary of…

Pierre Bachas, Chiara Bronchi, Thiago Scot, Claudia Vargas |

From food insecurity and lack of services, to limited or no economic opportunities, millions of Sri Lankans are facing acute risks and deprivations.

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

The World Bank's 2022 Poverty and Shared Prosperity report offers the first comprehensive look at the global landscape of poverty in the aftermath of COVID-19—showing what fiscal policies…

Pablo Saavedra, Luis Felipe López-Calva |

This blog highlight the experiences of two fellows from last year’s World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program.

Emma Frankham, Maria Jones |