Progress towards women’s entrepreneurial development has increased over the past ten years. However, female entrepreneurs continue to face multiple obstacles in their journey – one of them being…

Maereg Tewoldebirhan Alemayehu, Kavell Joseph |

This blog is a part of a series using data from the Women, Business and the Law project. The data explores legal and regulatory challenges faced by women through different stages of their working…

Kavell Joseph |

  Rikweda, an Afghan fruit processing company in the Kabul Province is well on its way to restoring Afghanistan as a raisin exporting powerhouse—a status the country held until the 1970s when it…

Hartwig Schafer |

Also available in: العربية | Español | Français  | 中文  While I welcome criticism and comments on the Doing Business (DB) report—or any other data and research product of the World Bank, for that…

Shanta Devarajan |

With more jobs and competitiveness in mind, many economies worldwide have simplified their business start-up rules and regulations over recent years. Since the first Doing Business report was…

Frederic Meunier, Nadia Novik, Cyriane Coste, Erick Tjong |

  The World Bank Group continues to engage in South Sudan despite the odds, and for good reason Tell people you work in Juba – capital of South Sudan and now the newest member of the East African…

Jean Lubega-Kyazze |

Private sector development (PSD) plays a crucial role in post-conflict economic development and poverty alleviation. Fragile states, however, face major challenges, such as difficult access to…

Steve Utterwulghe |

Does Rwanda's impressive growth tell the whole story? (Credit: CIAT, Flickr Creative Commons) Over the last few years, a lot of optimism has been built around Rwanda being the next big thing…

Mohammad Amin |

Business reforms can spur economic dynamism in the East African Community East Africa is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and its unique concentration of wild animals. Could it also become…

Nina Paustian |