Research and Publications

The World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise argues that without learning, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.

Global economic growth will strengthen to 2.7 percent in 2017 as a pickup in manufacturing and trade, rising market confidence, and stabilizing commodity prices allow growth to resume in commodity-exporting emerging market and developing economies.

This book highlights the role played by public finance in the delivery of security and criminal justice services. It seeks to strengthen policy and operational dialogue on security sector issues by providing national and international stakeholders with key information on security expenditure policy and management.

With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication discusses measurement issues, and charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to keep up with the needs of their growing populations.

Reconsidering how policymakers and the private sector shape innovation policies, and how economies measure innovation progress, is essential to spurring growth in an intensely competitive global economy.

New and Noteworthy


Commodity Markets Outlook, October 2017

Oil prices are forecast to rise this year, while the surge in metals prices is expected to level off next year.


Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs

Marking its 15th anniversary, the report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business for domestic small and medium enterprises around the world.

Mirwais, Northwest Kabul Breshna Sub Station Manager. Photo: Graham Crouch / World Bank

Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018: Foreign Investor Perspectives and Policy Implications

Political stability, security, and regulatory environment are leading factors driving decisions to invest in developing countries.

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