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 |

Migrants are increasingly recognised as transnational actors who can contribute to the development of their countries of origin without actually returning to them. In recent decades, host…

Jacob Townsend, Zdena Middernacht |