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.

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World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education's Promise

The new World Development Report 2018 shows that too many children are missing out on basic skills, despite spending years in class. But we can’t be discouraged. There are smart, practical solutions available to turn this situation around.


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.


The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?

With 1.5 billion people covered globally, food and voucher programs provide an important lifeline for the poor and vulnerable. This study – reveals that while countries increasingly support people with cash as a form of safety net, food-based programs are still important interventions in some contexts.

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