Do you want to take a walk through a competitive city? Since today, October 31, has been designated as World Cities Day by the United Nations, today is an especially good day to explore that idea…

Megha Mukim, Romulo Cabeza, Erick Ramos Murillo |

A technology bootcamp in Medellín, Colombia. © Corporación Ruta N Medellín/World Bank The fourth industrial revolution is disrupting business models and transforming employment. It is estimated…

Victor Mulas |

Build it well, build it wisely, and build it only once — How investing to create a permanent site for the Olympic Games, ideally in their historic home of Greece, could reduce waste, deliver…

Christopher Colford |

One walks into a doctor’s office knowing what hurts but with little knowledge of what should be done to fix it. Identifying proper treatment requires sophisticated tests, participation of experts…

Dmitry Sivaev |

Modern business facilities, tourist attractions, and an expanding skyline: Bucaramanga, Colombia.  When the World Bank’s Competitive Cities team set out to analyze what some of the world’s most…

Z. Joe Kulenovic |

In Mozambique in 2003, it took an entrepreneur 168 days to start a business. Today, it takes only 19 days. That kind of transformation has major implications for ambitious men and women who are…

Cecile Fruman |

Wasting billions of dollars, time and time again, to stage self-indulgent sports spectacles is no way for any society to build shared prosperity for the long term. But just try explaining that…

Christopher Colford |

How safe and how stable is today’s international financial system? Eight years since the global bond markets started quaking – and almost seven years since the Lehman Brothers debacle triggered a…

Christopher Colford |

“All roads lead to Rome” may have been true in ancient times, but policymakers during this Spring Meetings season in Washington have been focused on another classical crossroads: All roads now…

Christopher Colford |

The Latin America and the Caribbean region is crying out for infrastructure improvements. An investment estimated at 5 percent of the region’s GDP — or US$250 billion per year — is required to…

David Bloomgarden |