After decades of accelerating globalization, since 2008 international trade has grown at roughly the same pace as economic activity in developing economies. The trade slowdown has been even more…

Pablo Saavedra, Mona Haddad |

International trade—a key engine of global prosperity since the fall of the Berlin Wall— has ground nearly to a halt and is set to remain anemic in the coming years. In 2023, trade in goods and…

M. Ayhan Kose, Alen Mulabdic |

As leaders gather for the Munich Security Conference to discuss how to support peace against a backdrop of rising conflict and instability, we need to ensure that development assistance can best…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

We need to build livable communities to create a livable planet. For real and lasting change, we must do more to build the social sustainability that will enable citizens, refugees, and…

Louise Cord |

Since 2018, the World Bank’s multidimensional poverty measure has gone beyond monetary deprivation to include other dimensions such as access to education, health, nutritional, and basic…

Olivier De Schutter, Luis Felipe López-Calva |

Metro Line One in Quito, Ecuador, is a World Bank-supported initiative that’s providing safe, fast, reliable, and clean public transportation.

Guangzhe Chen, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo |

Some developing economies have been able to raise more than $50 billion from bond investors. However, 28 developing economies with weak credit ratings and 31 low-income economies without credit…

Philip Kenworthy, M. Ayhan Kose, Nikita Perevalov |

The world is facing a perfect storm of intertwined challenges—from the intensifying climate impacts and growing pandemic risks to deepening conflicts and the slowest half-decade of gross domestic…

Anna Bjerde, Ed Mountfield |

Across the globe, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, with greater economic damage, even in the wealthiest countries. Yet governments hold the power to enact meaningful change. By…

Anna Bjerde, Indermit Gill |

The Kopay Divisional Hospital in the Jaffna District in northern Sri Lanka is one of the primary medical care institutions that is part of the country’s healthcare reorganization strategy,…

Anna Bjerde |