International Development

What kind of evidence might persuade people to change their minds on refugees?

Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser Ed Cairns reflects on using evidence to influence the treatment of refugees.<p>Who thinks that governments decide what …

World Politics

Attention or information? Why telling Nina’s parents she missed school makes her a better student -- Guest post by Nina Cunha

<i>This is the second in this year’s series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Reminder that submissions close tomorrow at noon.</i><p>When I was in …

World Politics

Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsides for a Cleaner Future

The good news is that over the past decade, many countries have managed to reform their subsidies successfully.<p>For example, in 2015, Saudi Arabia, …

Energy

In Bulgaria, giving Roma children equal opportunity starts with free preschool

In Bulgaria, where just 15 percent of Roma children complete secondary school, Eugenia Volen, 42, knows only too well how hard her job is.<p>In her role …

Education

How well does regulation of private schools work in Sub-Saharan Africa?

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report …

Education

The tyranny of toilets - reflections on World Toilet Day

In the lead-in to World Toilet Day, we hear a great deal about the role of toilets in sanitation and in better health and human development outcomes. …

Gender

The Roadmap for Safer Schools—a conversation on making school infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters

Imagine that you are an advisor to your country's Minister of Education. A recent earthquake damaged hundreds of schools in several cities. The …

World Politics

Not All Toilets Look the Same: A Peek into Citywide Inclusive Sanitation on World Toilet Day

This example from Brazil shows the power of innovation employed by an efficiently run water and sanitation utility. CAESB has rolled out the use of …

World Politics

Allô École! Using mobile technologies to connect government, teachers, and parents

When parents send their children to school, they expect that their child will receive a basic level of education. Now, imagine your child cannot read …

World Politics

To improve female labour force participation in Sri Lanka, first change attitudes

Earlier this year in Hatton, I met a group of talented, young adults who had just participated in a social innovation pilot program. They were …

World Politics

Reducing the health burden due to pollution

Heavy smog compelled New Delhi to declare a pollution emergency last week. As air pollution soared to hazardous levels and residents donned masks, …

World Politics

Climate Resilience: Weathering Fiscal Risk in Georgia

Disasters like these can endanger development gains, especially among the most vulnerable communities. While Georgia has made significant strides in …

World Politics

Colombian rural women are building peace

A coffee farmer from Cauca, Colombia. (Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT)<p>As part of the recent peace accords, Colombia is returning land to the victims of a …

World Politics

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force

<b>Sri Lanka lags behind in women’s participation in the workforce, especially compared to other middle-income countries</b><p>A new report from the World …

Gender

Accelerating and learning from innovations in youth employment projects

Innovations in youth employment programs are critical to addressing this enormous development challenge effectively. Rapid progress in digital …

Innovation

Five myths about water in Pakistan

Persistent myths, which can misguide policy, are barriers to improving water security for the people of Pakistan. Here are five:<p><b>First</b>, this problem …

World Politics

#Blog4Dev: Vocation and technical training and access to credit would create jobs

During my years in college, the number of unemployed graduates in my city made me want to study harder, and seek the skills required in the workplace …

World Politics

Resilient transport investments: a climate imperative for Small Island Developing Countries

Transport in its many forms – from tuk-tuks in Thailand to futuristic self-driving electric cars – is ubiquitous in the lives of everyone on the …

Climate

Joining Forces to Transform Water and Sanitation Utilities

“<i>The most precious thing in life is water,”</i> says Wellington Vasconcelos, the mayor of Groaíras, a municipality in the state of Ceará in the northeast …

World Politics

Creating Jobs and Diversifying Exports in Bangladesh

“Bangladesh’s achievement in ready-made-garments is remarkable. However, dependence on a single sector for majority of export earnings is risky. To …

World Politics

Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol Ta Aek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the …

World Politics

What can we learn from Uganda on fighting deadly disease outbreaks?

On September 20th, 2017, a young hunter, in his 30s, arrived at a health center in Kween District, located in Eastern Uganda, on the border with …

World Politics

Planning for disaster: forecasting the impact of floods in South Asia's river basins

<i>Co-authors:</i> <i><br>William Young, Lead Water Resources Management Specialist, the World Bank <br>Thomas Hopson<br>Ankit Avasthi</i><p>The Ganges Basin in South Asia is home …

World Politics

Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter

That’s the equivalent of Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States combined.<p>But forests don’t just span an enormous portion of our planet’s …

Climate

#Blog4Dev: A Tech Hub in Mogadishu Aspires to Link Investors and Innovators

Joblessness among young Somali adults is a chronic issue confronting Somalia. Their unemployment rate is at staggering 67%. And the issue of youth …

World Politics

Climate Impacts on African Fisheries: The Imperative to Understand and Act

The impact of climate change on hydrology and other natural resources, and on many sectors of African economies—from agriculture to transport, to …

World Politics

Energy Resilience Takes on Renewed Urgency

As climate change leads to increasingly severe and frequent devastation around the world, (SIDS) that often find themselves in the eye of the …

World Politics

Vei lomani: Fijians fighting climate change

<b>Vei lomani</b>is a Fijian phrase meaning ‘the act of loving one another’. It’s an expression of utmost significance for many Fijians. Ben Ryan, Fiji’s …

Climate

Incentivizing collaboration to address childhood stunting

Childhood stunting is one of the most significant impediments to human development and economic growth, affecting approximately 155 million children …

World Politics

Refugees’ right to work: Necessary but insufficient for formal employment of refugees

This page in: Français<p>For refugees the right to work and access to labor markets is key for becoming self-reliant, rebuilding their lives and …

World Politics