Panoramic cityscape of Karachi in Pakistan. Karachi’s urbanization has had a physical impact on surrounding cities, creating sprawling and underleveraged agglomerations Credit: World Bank With…

Jessica Rachel Schmidt |

About this series More blog posts An estimated 15% of the global population, or about 1 billion people, experience some form of disability. Persons with disabilities face many barriers in access…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

About this series More blog posts Over the last 5 years, the World Bank has conducted a number of in-depth, systematic analyses to zero in on the specifics of urbanization in its client countries…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

One walks into a doctor’s office knowing what hurts but with little knowledge of what should be done to fix it. Identifying proper treatment requires sophisticated tests, participation of experts…

Dmitry Sivaev |

  Sri Lanka is in many ways a development success story. Growth of income per person in Sri Lanka has averaged a little more than 7 percent a year over the past five years. That follows average…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Francoise Clottes |

  Though maternity leave is standard in almost all economies, it varies in duration from a few weeks to a few years. Most maternity leave is paid, though economies vary on whether it is paid by…

Tariq Khokhar |

Known as the “Pearl of Arabia“ for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, the Sultanate of Oman is also striving to adopt economic reforms that are in accordance with global market…

Dr. Salim Sultan Al-Ruzaiqi |

[[tweetable]]Relationships with affected communities can make or break mining activities. [[/tweetable]]From a business perspective, local disputes can lead to more than US$20 million per week in…

Jared Schott, Felix Marco Conteh, Nathaniel King, Deval Desai, Nicholas Menzies |

Every year World Bank Group conducts country opinion surveys (COS) to better understand how its work is being perceived on the ground. These surveys help World Bank Group improve its operations,…

Ravi Kumar, Jing Guo |

The Government of India has recently announced the Digital India program, which aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. In addition, the Government…

Deepak Bhatia, Shashank Ojha |