In 2015, over half a million students—representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies—took the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. The Former…

Bojana Naceva |

Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

On November 26, 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon will convene the first-ever Global Conference on Sustainable Transport, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. What is at stake in this capstone two-day…

Nancy Vandycke |

Former Bougainvillean combatant, now cocoa farmer, Timothy Konovai (right) tries out VR for the first time (Photo: World Bank / Alana Holmberg)

Tom Perry |

College students in Vietnam. © World Bank As in much of the rest of the developing world, developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) have made progress in closing many gender…

Sudhir Shetty |

Beneficiaries from a safety net program in Madagascar, most of them women, receive regular cash grants and training on nutrition, early childhood development and leadership skills. Photo by:…

Michal Rutkowski |

There are few better ways to reveal whether a government’s rhetoric matches reality than examining how it raises and spends public money. Are funds being spent on the things it said they would be…

Paolo de Renzio |

National financial inclusion targets, better data availability, and transformative business models to provide financial services are helping to accelerate financial inclusion across the globe and…

Helen Luskin Gradstein, Nataliya Mylenko |

Also available in: Français A public faucet that serves 1, 000 families in el Alto, Bolivia. Photo credit: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Small towns* typically have not been well served by…

Fadel Ndaw |