Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic…

Ferid Belhaj |

Understanding learning outcomes: Empowering Indonesian parents to participate in children’s education.

Sharon Kanthy Lumbanraja, Indah Ayu Prameswari, Dewi Susanti |

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 |

A bridge’s special design – characterized by the Khmer’s lotus symbol–- makes it a part of the pagoda and the cultural life of the locals, rather than another piece of concrete.

Nghi Quy Nguyen, Phuong Thi Minh Tran, Ngan Hong Nguyen |

The World Bank’s Social Development Global Practice is working on initiatives utilizing technology to empower citizens.

Gernot Brodnig, Elaine Chee, Ashutosh Raina, Zoë True, Aly Rahim |

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 |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Politics shape development outcomes. Taking the politics of development seriously also means taking accountability mechanisms and the legitimacy of decision-making processes seriously.

Vijayendra Rao, Michael Woolcock |

International Women’s Day on March 8 provides us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world and reflect on both the progress we have made on gender equality and the…

Henry G. Kerali |

From bus schedules to personal safety and gender roles, there are many different factors that can affect how women move around. A new World Bank study takes a closer look at women's mobility…

Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Ana Luiza Machado, Bianca Bianchi Alves |