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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Responding to Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis: The Potential Role of Digital Payments
May 03, 2022
Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen, with the World Food Programme (WFP) reporting that 22.8 million people—more than half the country’s population—are projected to be acutely food insecure in 2022, including 8.7 million at risk of famine-like conditions. Even before the Taliban t...
Identification Revolution: Can Digital ID Be Harnessed for Development? (Brief)
January 16, 2018
Recent advances in the scope and sophistication of identification systems could have far-reaching consequences for development. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are common features that ID systems should share if they are to support development.
Should Countries Be More Like Shopping Malls? A Proposal for Service Performance Guarantees
August 19, 2016
Many developing countries have made progress in political openness and economic management but still struggle to attract private sector investments. Potential investors to these countries have many concerns that can broadly be classified into high costs and high actual or perceived risks. Drawing on...
Implementing a Results-Based Approach to Strengthen IDA Support for Fragile States
March 08, 2013
This brief outlines how to implement a results-based approach in a way consistent with the World Bank’s recent experience with results-based disbursement, including its approval of the new Program for Results (PforR) instrument.
Building a Biometric National ID: Lessons for Developing Countries from India’s Universal ID Program
October 15, 2012
India’s Universal ID program seeks to provide a unique identity to all 1.2 billion residents. Its successes and potential failures will have far-reaching implications for other developing countries looking to create national identity systems.
Africa's Private Sector: What's Wrong with the Business Environment and What to Do About It - Brief
March 20, 2009
This CGD Brief, based on the book Africa's Private Sector by Vijaya Ramachandran, Alan Gelb, and Manju Kedia Shah, shows how investing in infrastructure and improving access to education can help bring about a broad-based business class in Africa.