The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the largest global shocks in recent history, but it did not increase extreme poverty in Africa as it was feared it would. The reason may be a combination of things…

Kibrom A. Abay, Nishant Yonzan, Sikandra Kurdi, Kibrom Tafere |

This World Bank working paper shows that integrating survey and geospatial data significantly improves survey estimates, in terms of precision and accuracy, of monetary poverty rates in Mexican…

David Newhouse, Joshua Merfeld, Anusha Ramakrishnan, Tom Swartz, Partha Lahiri |

The World Bank, the Government of India’s Ministry of Rural Development, BRAC, BOMA, Jeevika, and India’s National Rural Livelihood Mission come together to share the learnings from Bangladesh,…

Soumya Kapoor Mehta, Anna O'Donnell |

Costa Rica lost the momentum for poverty reduction towards the end of the twentieth century. This makes Costa Rica an outlier in a region that conti…

Jacobus de Hoop, Agustin Arakaki |

Helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) grow is a central ingredient in poverty reduction. E-commerce and integration with value chains can be especially effective in enabling MSMEs to…

Douglas Pearce |

In a partnership with the World Banks' DIME, a USAID-funded workstream in collaboration with the World Food Programme’s Office of Evaluation assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of cash…

Iva Trako, Dahyeon Jeong |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces five papers published in the first half of September 2022 on various topics,…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

New research brings to light the importance of household dynamics in shaping people’s acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines and provides insights that can be used to increase vaccine uptake in low-…

Christopher Hoy, Rajalakshmi Kanagavel, Corey Morales Cameron |

Most of the focus on the impact of flaring gas has been on the economic impacts, and its ability to harm human health has largely been ignored. This paper bridges this gap by linking data from…

Omoniyi Alimi, John Gibson |

In September 2022, the World Bank is set to launch a series of new international poverty lines, as the data on prices that are used compare different countries are being updated. This has profound…

Jonathan Lain, Tara Vishwanath |