In seven East Asia and Pacific (EAP) countries, policymakers prioritize secondary school completion over basic learning quality, while underestimating the levels of learning poverty. This…

Noah Yarrow |

Labor regulation reforms can influence employment creation, earnings, and workers’ well-being, as well as the economic performance of firms. While there is extensive literature on labor…

Maho Hatayama, Gordon Betcherman, Altantsetseg Batchuluun |

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – a day devoted to reaffirming our commitment and shared responsibility to end…

Andrei Mikhnev, Ikuko Uochi, Lydia (Ypsse) Kim |

The World Bank updated its global poverty lines last month and the number of poor is now significantly different in certain countries and regions. For the EAP region, this changes our view of the…

Rinku Murgai, Hassan Zaman |

Ask anyone in Mongolia what water means to them, and you are likely to hear “supreme treasure” or “blue gold.” The government has referred to water even as “priceless wealth.” Water has…

Esha Zaveri, Rochi Khemka |

A silver lining in the COVID-19 crisis in Mongolia

Andrei Mikhnev, Nona Karalashvili |

Since early May 2020, many countries in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region have conducted high-frequency household phone surveys to monitor the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and to inform…

Lydia (Ypsse) Kim, Maria Ana Lugo, Ikuko Uochi |

This week highlights the World Bank’s support in Angola and Mongolia’s health systems.

Priyanka Ripley |

What can other countries learn from Korea?  The importance of a strong geospatial data infrastructure and an open platform cannot be overstated. While apps and advanced algorithms are valuable, a…

Mika-Petteri Torhonen, Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Dongkyu Kwak, Alvaro Federico Barra |

In Mongolia, 28.4% of the total population live in poverty. The higher incidence of poverty (31%) was found in the rural areas, where nearly three in five poor are herders.

Masako Hiraga, Ikuko Uochi, Gabriela R. A. Doyle |