Human development is at the core of the World Bank’s strategy to improve people’s lives and support sustainable development. The Human Development research program spans education, health, social protection, and labor.
While access to primary care is expanding in many developing countries, less attention has been paid to the quality of care. This Economist article cites research by the World Bank and others demonstrating a startling deficit in the quality of care.
This column describes a new HIV intervention trialled in Lesotho that used a lottery to target those with risky behavior and incentivise safer practices. HIV incidence was reduced by more than a fifth in treatment groups over the trial period.
India's 2005 National Rural Employment Guarantee Act creates a justiciable "right to work" by promising up to 100 days of wage employment per year to all rural households whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. This study finds that the scheme is falling well short of its potential impact on poverty in Bihar.
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