Rebellion against – or fear of encroaching – authoritarianism clearly played a role in many cases. So did disgust at perceived corruption by governing elites. Social media clearly acted as an…

Francisco Ferreira, Marta Schoch |

Service providers must be paid. How they are paid shapes their incentives to provide high-quality services as much – if not more than – how much they are paid. Service providers around the world…

Deon Filmer, Adam Wagstaff |

How has development transformed over the past decade? What ideas have changed the way we think about issues like education, migration, microfinance, and inequality? ? Since 2013, the World Bank’s…

Ryan Hahn, Raka Banerjee |

Open Institute has been working with various subnational governments to develop the foundations for consistent use of data to strengthen participatory processes at local levels.

Al Kags, Stephen Davenport |

What is the impact of transport projects on income, jobs, economic growth, and other key development outcomes? An ongoing World Bank program seeks to answer this question as thoroughly as possible…

Nancy Vandycke, Javier Morales Sarriera |

After a brief hiatus, the office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group was reunited last week with DEC, the well-known Research Department of the World Bank. This led me to reflect on a…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Bhutan's newly elected council members with World Bank staff.  Members of parliament are valuable partners for the World Bank. They enact laws, shape and review development policies, and hold…

Yoichiro Ishihara, Tenzin Lhaden |

Photo Credit: Women’s World Banking  Two years ago, Visa announced a commitment, alongside other organizations, to provide financial access to 500 million unbanked adults as part of the World Bank…

Stephen Kehoe |

Dev Nathan, guest blogger, is Professor at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi   Nebiba Mohammed, 28, works at the Shints textile factory plants, 45 minutes outside of the Addis Ababa…

Dev Nathan |

Smallholder farmers, even those in structured value chains such as cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, are largely unable to access banks, microfinance institutions and other formal financial…

Corinne Riquet |