If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |

Governments are under pressure to show their ever more educated and informed citizens that schools, hospitals and other public services are getting better. Traditionally, they have done that by…

Willy McCourt |

From left: Minister Idris Jala, Malaysia; William Dorotinsky, World Bank; Alberto Leyton, World Bank; Melanie Walker, World Bank.   In his recent presentation (video) at the World Bank, Minister…

William Dorotinsky, Joanna Watkins, Paula Suarez |

From August 2002, just months after Timor-Leste gained independence, to April 2006, I was the World Bank’s Country Manager for Timor-Leste and thus eyewitness to an unfolding state-building…

Elisabeth Huybens |

  As newly resource-rich countries grapple with how to manage their resources well, questions arise on how governments can channel natural resource revenues into smart investments, as well as…

Shilpa Banerji |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @shomik_raj and @canaless   Recently, as part of a broader cost cutting initiative, World Bank management decided to do away with a long standing policy of…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Diego Canales |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @chyiyunhuang and @shomik_raj   A recent trip to Addis Ababa really brought the imperatives of transit-oriented development as a complement to mass transit…

Chyi-Yun Huang, Shomik Mehndiratta |

Sri Lanka conjures up different images in the minds of different people: lush green tropical canopies, steaming cups of aromatic tea, and hardworking fishermen in their dinghy boats. For me, the…

Parth Shri Tewari |

If you follow trade negotiations, then you know there are few more contentious than those for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  …

Miles McKenna, Ian Gillson |