Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the…

Tariq Khokhar, Donna Barne |

According to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017, ” Hong Kong dropped two notches to rank as No. 9 in its Global Competitiveness Index. The decline occurred mainly…

Dr. Winnie Tang, Juni Tingting Zhu |

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 |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |

Photo Credit: Myxi via Flickr Creative Commons License In our last post, we highlighted a few examples of the innovative organizational structures that institutional investors have created to more…

Michael Bennon, Rajiv Sharma |

This blog is part of a series produced to commemorate End Poverty Day (October 17), focusing on China – which has contributed more than any other country to global poverty reduction – and its…

Ruidong Zhang |

Photo Credit: hans-johnson via Flickr Creative Commons A recent report by PwC on the outlook for global infrastructure spending predicts that by 2020, annual global infrastructure spending will…

Paul da Rita |

There is no doubt a significant financing gap exists for investments in infrastructure in emerging markets and developing economies, a gap that stands in the way of funding projects crucial to…

Jason Zhengrong Lu |

Building earthquake-resistant housing in Peru. Photo: USAID/OFDA, Auriana Koutnik/Flickr When a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes a poor country, families too often suffer a…

Luis Triveno, Niels Holm-en |

After over two years of development and drafting, Vietnam’s Decree 15 on Public Private Partnerships (PPP Decree) came into effect last spring. Dedicated specifically to the identification,…

Stanley Boots |