When facing economic slowdowns like now, it is vital to put more liquidity in the private sector. We suggest to pay for completed procurement work as fast as you can, and front-load payments on…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Rita Ramalho |

To inform policy decisions, policymakers need evidence that answers questions about causality. Adapting randomized controlled trials (or RCTs) to answer these types of development policy questions…

Xavier Gine, Hanan Jacoby |

As the world struggles to fight the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, over 2 billion people still do not have access to a toilet, and hundreds of millions of people cannot even wash their hands at…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Nielsen |

In the coming weeks, all countries will need to take concrete policy steps to protect their people and limit harm to their economies.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

The World Bank Group stands ready to join forces with all stakeholders working to empower women and unleash their economic potential.

David Malpass |

To address comprehensively the root causes of financial exclusion, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the central bank, has launched in September 2019 the first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS…

Wahidullah Nosher |

By the end of 2017 there appears to be on average a wide gap between leverage ratios of small banks and large banks, especially in Russia, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus.

Deniz Anginer, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Davide Salvatore Mare |

Are SMEs worse off as a result of Basel III capital requirements? A recent working paper featured in All About Finance suggests so.
While SME access to finance appears to decline after Basel…

Martin Melecky, Boris Fišera, Roman Horvath |