For the poor and vulnerable of the world, jobs are key to ending poverty and driving development. But not all jobs are equally transformational.  Photo: Jonathan Ernst / World Bank Jobs are what…

Alvaro Gonzalez |

Burkina Faso has embarked on a journey to put public data infrastructure at the heart of social and economic development. But what does this mean? And why should ICT and digital data be a priority…

Samia Melhem, Axel Rifon, Pierre Chrzanowski, Abdoul Malick Tapsoba |

In the last couple of months, we saw some amazing events making the news headlines. From World Bank President Jim Kim’s outstanding lecture at Georgetown University on “Lessons from Ebola”, to the…

Mariana Dahan |

Literally translated Burkina Faso means “land of the upright people.” It has long been one of West Africa’s most stable countries, despite having one of world’s lowest GDPs and being surrounded by…

Liz Carolan |

Governments around the world may struggle to expand job creation, but the need — and challenge — is all the greater in post-conflict and fragile states, which all too often feature high youth…

Mary Hallward-Driemeier |

In late 2009, Liberia launched the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) project, the first pilot of the World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative. It provides training in…

Dala T. Korkoyah Jr. |

The gender gap in school enrollment may be narrowing, but the gender gap in labor force participation is on the rise. In fact, slightly more than a third of young women in developing countries are…

Matthew De Galan |