New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

The Multi-Donor fund for Bhutan's Public Financial Management was launched September 21st in Thimphu Several years ago, a newspaper cartoon in a neighboring country caught everyone’s…

Savinay Grover |

Construction of the Dagachhu Hydropower Plant in Bhutan. Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank In many respects, Bhutan has been a development success story. Its people have benefitted from decades…

Yoichiro Ishihara, Joe Qian |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Despite government efforts with support from the international community, Afghanistan's development needs remain massive. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank I am still shaken and…

Annette Dixon |

Inaguration of the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project (CCAP) on 25th September, 2016 was attented by the President, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, cabinet ministers, and over 400…

Ahmad Shaheer Shahriar |

Photo Credit: Mabruk Kabir / World Bank Fatima brimmed with optimism. The 19-year-old recently established a poultry enterprise with the support of a micro-grant, and was thrilled at the prospect…

Mabruk Kabir |