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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. .

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.

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.

Ineffective policies can persist, while potentially effective policies are often not adopted. The World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law explores why some policies fail to achieve desired outcomes and what makes other policies work.

The impact of extreme weather on poverty is more devastating than previously understood, responsible for annual consumption losses of $520 billion and pushing 26 million people into poverty every year.

If well managed, Africa's cities can help countries accelerate growth and “open the doors” to global markets.

New and Noteworthy


Doing Business in the European Union 2017: Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania

Comparing Business Regulation for Domestic Firms in 22 Cities in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania with 187 Other Economies


Trouble in the Making? The Future of Manufacturing-Led Development

New report finds that advances in technology and changing trade patterns are affecting opportunities for export-led manufacturing.


Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Water has always posed great challenges for the Middle East and North Africa. With rapid growth, regional instability, and climate change, these challenges are more pressing than ever.

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