Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

Three key factors are constraining learning and employability in India. (Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank) The last 15 years have witnessed the largest global expansion of tertiary education in…

Francisco Marmolejo, Tara Beteille |

Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by Salah-Eddine Kandri, the Global Sector Lead for education at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).   According to a report from McKinsey, about 60…

Salah-Eddine Kandri |

Technology rapidly changes the workplace and the skills demanded, making current workers less employable. One approach is to think about the kind of work that technology cannot replace. (Photo:…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Also available in: Español  |  Francais Student at primary school in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Oni Lusk-Stover, Rosemary Rop, Elaine Tinsley, Tamer Samah Rabie |

Also available in: Español With the contribution of Kali Azzi-Huck, Anusha Ramakrishnan, and Yinan Zhang A portrait of Selina Dougas, lost her old sister, Hawa Komo to Ebola, at the Cape Community…

Shawn Powers, Kaliope Azzi-Huck |

If you want to provide more opportunities to girls, you shouldn’t only provide them with an education – you also need to change perceptions of gender roles so that, when they grow up, girls can (…

Quentin Wodon |

We've just launched a new, pilot global subnational population database featuring time series population estimates for 75 countries at the first-level administrative divisions (provinces,…

Dereje Ketema Wolde, Emi Suzuki |