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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.

The World Bank forecasts global economic growth to edge up to 3.1% in 2018 after a much stronger-than-expected 2017. However, this is largely seen as a short-term upswing.

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.

Countries often measure GDP, but not wealth—the assets that produce GDP. A new publication provides 20 years of wealth data for 141 countries, providing governments with a fuller economic picture to guide sustainable development decisions.

This report brings to bear new evidence on the benefits and costs of international banking. Countries that are open to international banking can benefit from global flows of funds, knowledge, and opportunity, but the regulatory challenges are complex and, at times, daunting.

As conflicts surge around the world, new approaches to prevention can save lives and money - up to US$70 billion per year.

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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.


Growing Smarter: Learning & Equitable Development in East Asia Pacific

In global tests measuring education quality, the top-performing students are mostly from East Asia and the Pacific. But while some countries in the region have succeeded in this area, others need greater support to improve their education systems.


Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration

By 2050, the impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions could see more than 140 million people move within their countries’ borders.

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