Contrary to common belief, evidence suggests that women’s empowerment may increase the risks of gender-based violence, at least in the short term.

Farwah Qasim, Varalakshmi Vemuru |

South Sudan became independent in 2011 after a prolonged conflict. Although the new country was blessed with international good will, considerable foreign aid, and vast oil wealth, it nevertheless…

Utz Pape, Arden Finn |

Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

Informal metal worker in Katwe, Kampala. Photo: Angus Morgan Kathage/World Bank The informal sector is a large part of employment in African cities. The International Labour Organization estimates…

Angus Morgan Kathage |

Technology can both empower and disempower. At a recent workshop on blockchain, we landed a challenge: how can we use it to facilitate refugee integration? I am an immediate misfit in the dynamic…

Kristina Mikulova |

Malnutrition in Ethiopia: distribution of stunted children The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for the coming five years in Ethiopia, approved by the World Bank board in June, features a “…

Michael Geiger, Priyanka Kanth |

Negative Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Immigrants Threaten Effective Integration The growing scale of human mobility worldwide has rendered immigration a salient topic. Better integration could…

Jonas Bergmann |

Nearly 60 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide due to conflict and persecution at the end of 2014—the highest number since World War II. Forced displacement is not only a humanitarian…

Kirsten Schuettler |