Contrary to common belief, evidence suggests that women’s empowerment may increase the risks of gender-based violence, at least in the short term.

Farwah Qasim, Varalakshmi Vemuru |

Women at a reconstruction site in Nepal. © Keiko Sakoda/World Bank The World Bank has been steadily increasing its disaster risk management support over the past decade, growing its annual…

Keiko Sakoda, Bandita Sijapati, Melody Benavidez |

Student at Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts. Photo: World Bank This blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which…

Uzma Quresh |

  Mahmuda Siddika, a tech entrepreneur, from Rajshahi district in Bangladesh. Photo: World Bank We are now experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our days are characterized by an explosion…

Mokhlesur Rahman, Mustahsin-ul-Aziz |

April marked the official launch of global consultations to inform the World Bank Group’s first-ever Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV).

Franck Bousquet |

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that going about with your daily life is impossible without electricity. And yet, many face this exact challenge. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), 6 out of 10…

Jean Arlet, Viktoriya Ereshchenko, Silvia Lopez Rocha |

Youth facilitators and counselors motivate female students to participate in and complete skills training and other educational services. Photo: World Bank This blog is part of a series examining…

Shubha Chakravarty, Jayati Sethi, Pravesh Kumar |

Evidence is clear that climate change is changing weather patterns, increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme weather events. Unfortunately, those in the poorest communities are…

Ivan Bruce |

A Bangladeshi woman participates in a local community council meeting. Credit: World Bank  Sitting cross-legged under a mango tree’s shade in the middle of a village in Rajshahi district,…

Andy Kotikula, Jennifer Solotaroff |

This blog is a part of a series using data from the Women, Business and the Law project. The data explores legal and regulatory challenges faced by women through different stages of their working…

Aarushi Sinha, Divyanshi Wadhwa, Laura A. Ruiz-Gaona |