2016 certainly was a busy year in the world of trade and competitiveness. As you catch up on your end of the year reading, please peruse some of the noteworthy content from the World Bank Group…

Erin Scronce |

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 |

Photo Credit: United Nations Development of infrastructure services is often a central feature for rebuilding fragile and conflict affected states (FCSs). One of the reasons is that infrastructure…

Mark Jamison |

在世界经济论坛的《2016-2017 年全球竞争力报告》中,香港竞争力下跌了两位至全球第九,报告指香港面临的最大挑战,是怎样“将这个世界前列的金融中心发展成创新基地”。   有人认为这些忧虑无的放矢,毕竟香港人均 GDP 达 42, 000 美元,而且过去 5 年 GDP 增幅可人,每年平均为 3% ,羡煞不少发达经济体。 不过,如果大家深入研究数据,…

Dr. Winnie Tang, Juni Tingting Zhu |

The stat is appalling: [[tweetable]]1 in 3 women worldwide have or will experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.[[/tweetable]] Although it may take…

Sweta Shrestha, Ram Devineni, Isabel Santagostino, Margarita Puerto Gómez, Rocio Calidonio |

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 Bidgood, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

  Over a billion people—about 15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. Almost 80% of them live in the developing world, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. While urbanization brings…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Rubi’s Story: Exulted, Rubi ran home. As fast as her fifteen-year-old legs could carry her, she ran, exam in hand, excited to share the results with her family. The results, she believed, would…

Lucia Hanmer |

Hurricane Matthew destroyed an estimated 90% of homes in Haiti's Grande Anse department. Stronger public knowledge infrastructure can help better facilitate post-disaster recovery. (Photo: EU…

Luis Triveno, Klaus Deininger |

Male participants from SHARE group for preventing violence against women (Rakai, 2009)   [[tweetable]]Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of violence against women and girls…

Jennifer A. Wagman, Fred Nalugoda |