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 |

The global #16Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign started on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ended on International…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Indian woman cleaning up solar panels in the province of Odisha, India.  Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development With only 43% of its households…

Keisuke Iyadomi |

What is the difference between an economic migrant and a refugee? In principle, the response is clear: economic migrants are essentially people in search of opportunities for economic betterment,…

Xavier Devictor |

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 |

The Doing Business project produces a rich dataset of objective measures of business regulations for local firms in countries around the world. We’ve written about some of the key findings - how…

Jomo Tariku, Tariq Khokhar |

We are experiencing a battle of ideas regarding the state of the global economy and prospects for growth. Larry Summers has been leading the group of economists proclaiming that the world entered…

Selina Jackson |

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 |

As part of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings that took place in Lima last October, we organized a Wikistage event to discuss the corrosive effects and the social and economic implications of…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

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 |