In the last three decades, East Asia has reaped the demographic dividend. An abundant and growing labor force powered almost one-third of the region’s per capita income growth from the 1960s to…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |

Landscape of terrace fields and homes in Bhutan. Credits: Curt Carnemark / World Bank The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change…

Annette Dixon |

El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

और इन भाषाओं में: English | Español | Français | العربية | 中文 An Indian woman cooking. Photo credit: Romana Manpreet and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves यह एक सच्‍चाई है: लकड़ी, चारकोल, कोयले…

Anita Marangoly George |

Really – let’s. It’s a fact: Indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels including wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and crop waste in open fires and traditional stoves is the fourth…

Anita Marangoly George |

Dechen inside her house in Bhutan. Credit: World Bank Dechen, a shy, soft- spoken, 31 year-old divorcee, unexpectedly lights up when I enquire about her poultry farm. A single mother of three…

Deepa Rai |

On to Laos….
Last week, I shared the experience from Myanmar’s CDD program and the role it is playing in making the country’s growth more inclusive for all.

Susan Wong |

The Metro Cable in Medellin has facilitated greater access to mobility, services, and opportunities through connecting poorer neighborhoods with facilities and services throughout the city. Joe…

Sangmoo Kim, Joe Qian |

In Mozambique in 2003, it took an entrepreneur 168 days to start a business. Today, it takes only 19 days. That kind of transformation has major implications for ambitious men and women who are…

Cecile Fruman |