Many people in the world celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day, the celebration of love. And, for many, marriage is the pinnacle —the ultimate celebration of love. But the marriage market is…

Daniel Halim, Sergio Rivera |

With the current flu season predicted to be especially severe, as well the recent coronavirus outbreak, people are rightfully concerned about their health. From flu shots to face masks, many are…

Haruna Kashiwase |

The destinies of people in the Middle East and North Africa are shaped more by accidents of where they were born than in any other part of the world. This is considered a problem by governments in…

Somik Lall, Ayah Mahgoub |

Energy commodity prices declined more than 3% in January, led by natural gas in Europe (-21%) and the U.S. (-9.5%) the World Bank Pink Sheet reported. Crude oil fell as well (-2.7%)...

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

An estimated one billion people worldwide live with a disability. In many low-income countries, persons with disabilities are excluded from participating in socioeconomic opportunities due to…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Valentina Costa, Marco Tiberti |

At the World Bank, and other international institutions, the demand for country-specific briefs on recently released global/regional data is often high. Country briefs play a key role in…

R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Zelalem Yilma Debebe, Martín E. De Simone |

Small island states are among the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change and natural hazards. Right now, communities in the Bahamas are re-building their lives after...

Pierre Chrzanowski, Gaurav Bhardwaj, Nicholas Jones |

How has development transformed over the past decade? What ideas have changed the way we think about issues like education, migration, microfinance, and inequality? ? Since 2013, the World Bank’s…

Ryan Hahn, Raka Banerjee |

Data is not valuable in a vacuum. Data is only valuable once information, insight or in other words knowledge is extracted from it and is used to make decisions, shape policies, and change…

Tony Fujs |

Throughout its development period during the 1970s and 1980s, South Korea learned the value of global partnerships, foreign investment, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in reaching national…

Myongsei Sohn |