Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

In Iraq and Lebanon women are taking an active role as mobilizers and opinion builders, and a third of Lebanon’s newly formed cabinet is women. This is a record high not just for Lebanon, but in…

Saroj Kumar Jha |

The Government of Kenya, with the help from the World Bank, is providing Kenyan youth with more agency and a platform to voice their thoughts and concerns about how budget is spent.

Claire Davanne |

The force of digitalization is driving the global economy, creating distinct groups of leaders and laggards. Through institutional reform that leverages the advantages of digitalization, the…

Carlo Maria Rossotto, Marolla Haddad |

The traditional route of industrialization for developing countries may no longer be available for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This should not be a source of regret, as the…

Ferid Belhaj, Rabah Arezki |

OpenStreetMap of Kenya Kenya is well known for its innovation in technology, particularly mobile technology in cash transfers. These innovations have largely been championed by the private sector…

Rose Wanjiru |

Photo: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank The trope of a government office worker, discontent with their work, grumbling about paperwork and administrative tasks, is a cliché. An equally…

Hélène Pfeil |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

Continuing the dialogue and peer-to-peer exchange on the benefits and challenges to fiscal transparency is essential to sustaining the momentum for reform. The time for action is now — the Arab…

Renaud Seligmann, Lida Bteddini |

Photo: Mohammad Al-Arief/The World Bank. Editor’s note: The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the World…

Andrew Wainer |