Clearly, Africa’s strong reform drive is cause for celebration. The sober truth, however, is that the world’s most difficult places for businesses are still largely found in Africa

Hafez Ghanem, Sérgio Pimenta |

Also available in: Français Onion field in Northern Côte d’Ivoire - Photo by Raphaela Karlen / World Bank One out of ten people in the world —around 766 million people— still lived below the…

Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Raphaela Karlen, Julia Granata |

Politicians and economists often go to great lengths to scrutinize hundreds of pieces of data to identify complicated solutions, to the point of ignoring the obvious facts staring them right in…

Jacques Morisset |

About this series More blog posts The social inclusion of disadvantaged groups is necessary for reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity, said government representatives, experts, and civil…

Lauri Sivonen |

© Dasan Bobo /World Bank The story of a country’s economic development is often told through the lens of new roads, factories, power lines, and ports. However, it can also be told through the…

Jacques Morisset, Taleb Ould Sid’Ahmed |

Also available in: Français Recently, Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, appointed a cabinet that is 50% female. Explaining the choice, Trudeau stated that it was important “to…

Florence Kondylis, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

On February 27, a high-level regional workshop kicked off in Lomé, Togo, with the participation of Ministers of gender affairs and officials from 11 economies from West and Central Africa focusing…

Paula Tavares |

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Jim Yong Kim |

Blogging from the World Bank's Indigenous Peoples Research Dissemination Workshop in Washington DC. As is well known, there are more 300 million indigenous peoples in the world.  While they…

Harry A. Patrinos |