The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound detrimental effect for most people around the world. Yet, it has impacted men and women differently. The pandemic has…

Norman Loayza, Tea Trumbic |

Using daily data for 158 countries from January to August 2020, our research reveals that coronavirus containment measures CCMs have been broadly effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and…

Fernando Blanco, Drilona Emrullahu, Raimundo Soto |

Policymakers, development partners, parents, and other stakeholders need information on children’s learning outcomes, and countries need to generate data in a way that can foster improvements in…

Adelle Pushparatnam, Diego Luna-Bazaldua |

Civil society organizations, advocacy groups and private citizens increasingly use courts to hold governments accountable for their climate inaction.

Xenia Kirchhofer |

With the support from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Municipality of Panama carried out a strategic flood risk assessment of the Tocumen…

Haris Sanahuja, Juliana Castaño-Isaza, Carolina Rogelis, Alessandra Treuherz |

Michael Woolcock, a sociologist, discusses what to make of the new QJE paper titled Folklore, by by Stelios Michalopoulos and Melanie Meng Xue.

Michael Woolcock |

The post-pandemic outlook for the transport sector is a reminder that many challenges still need to be addressed. This blog takes stock of how the SuM4All initiative contributes to shaping the…

Nancy Vandycke |

While the bankruptcy rates of most firms are not affected by higher banking competition, high-leverage firms suffer much higher bankruptcy rates.

Ludovico Rossi, Lara Cathcart, Alfonso Dufour, Simone Varotto |

Discover how steps taken today are helping to address climate change and its impact on education systems, and vice versa.

Jason Weaver |

Pakistan's solar and wind power usage remains under 5% implementation for fears that their variability would impact the traditional power grid. A recent World Bank study finds that the right…

Oliver Knight |