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 |

Slideshow: Reimagining a park, a river, and other public spaces in Seoul (Photos by Judy Zheng Jia / World Bank) [[tweetable]]"If you lose the human scale, the city becomes an ugly place,…

Judy Zheng Jia, Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Gapihan, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

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 |

Young Wayúu girls go fetch water in La Guajira, Colombia Extending the human right of access to water supply and sanitation (WSS) services to Indigenous Peoples represents the final step for many…

Clementine Marie Stip, Dianna M. Pizarro, Lilian Pena Pereira Weiss, Miguel Vargas-Ramirez |

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the China Daily, USA. A technician carries out a blood test for HIV virus at Jinan AIDS lab in East China's Shandong province on Nov 30, 2015. [Photo/IC]…

Photo: © Masaru Goto / World Bank

Quentin Wodon |

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…