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The Puppet Masters

by Emile van der Does de Willebois & J.C. Sharman

Billions in corrupt assets, complex money trails, strings of shell companies and other spurious legal structures. These form the complex web of subterfuge in corruption cases, behind which hides the beneficial...


Eco2 Cities

by Hiroaki Suzuki & Arish Dastur

The Eco2 Cities approach is a point of departure for cities that would like to reap the many benefits of ecological and economic sustainability. It provides an analytical and operational framework that offers...


Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan

by Naoki Ikegami

The goals of universal health coverage (UHC) are to ensure that all people can access quality health services, to safeguard all people from public health risks, and to protect all people from impoverishment...


Simulating Distributional Impacts of Macro-dynamics: Theory and Practical Applications

by Sergio Olivieri & Sergiy Radyakin

Simulating Distributional Impacts of Macro-dynamics: Theory and Practical Applications is a comprehensive guide for analyzing and understanding the effects of macroeconomic shocks on income and consumption distribution,...


Private Participation in the Indian Power Sector: Lessons from Two Decades of Experience

by Mohua Mukherjee

The state of the Indian power sector today is an acknowledged constraint to the country's growth aspirations. This book examines the home-grown Indian experience with private sector participation in power, identifies...


The Power of Public Investment Management: Transforming Resources Into Assets for Growth

by Anand Rajaram & Kai Kaiser

Public resources - if invested well in public infrastructure and services - can catalyze private and community efforts and unleash an inclusive growth and development process. But public investment attracts...


Governance of Indian State Power Utilities: An Ongoing Journey

by Sheoli Pargal & Kristy Mayer

This World Bank review, Governance of Indian State Power Utilities: An Ongoing Journey, is a first attempt to systematically examine the quality of corporate and regulatory governance in the Indian power sector....


Health Financing in the Republic of Gabon

by Karima Saleh & Bernard Couttolenc F.

Gabon is an upper middle income country, with reasonable spending on health, however, its health outcomes resemble that of a country that is low / low-middle income. Where has Gabon gone wrong, and what are...


The World Bank Group A to Z

by World Bank Group

The World Bank Group A to Z provides the most concise and essential information about the mission, policies, procedures, products, and services of the new World Bank Group. With more than 280 entries arranged...


Ready for Takeoff?: The Potential for Low-Cost Carriers in Developing Countries

by Charles E. Schlumberger & Nora Weisskopf

The emergence of Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) has been a key catalyst for the development of the aviation industry in the last decade. This book identifies various definitions that have been applied to describe...


Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia

by Qaiser M Khan & Jean-Paul Faguet

Ethiopia's model for delivering basic services appears to be succeeding and to confirm that services improve when service providers are more accountable to citizens. As discussed in the World Development Report...


Well Begun But Not Yet Done: Progress and Emerging Challenges for Poverty Reduction in Vietnam

by Valerie Kozel

This book presents the key findings from a new poverty assessment for Vietnam, led jointly by the World Bank and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). It takes a fresh look at the lives of poor men,...


Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts

by Naazneen H. Barma & Elisabeth Huybens

Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies...


Understanding Changes in Poverty

by Gabriela Inchauste & João Pedro Azevedo

The 2015 Millennium Development Goal to cut in half the share of the world's population living in extreme poverty was met with time to spare. By 2013, the percentage of developing-country populations living...


Revitalizing Industrial Growth in Pakistan: Trade, Infrastructure, and Environmental Performance

by Ernesto Sanchez-Triana & Dan Biller

Pakistan's development efforts are guided by its 2011 Framework for Economic Growth, which identifies actions needed to create a prosperous, industrialized Pakistan through rapid and sustainable development....


Moving Toward Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options

by Aparnaa Somanathan & Ajay Tandon

Over the past two decades Vietnam has made enormous progress towards achieving universal coverage (UC) for its population. Significant challenges remain, however, in terms of improving equity with continuing...


Cleaning Pakistan's Air: Policy Options to Address the Cost of Outdoor Air Pollution

by Ernesto Sanchez-Triana & Santiago Enriquez

The extent of urban air pollution in Pakistan-South Asia's most urbanized country-is among the world's most severe, significantly damaging human health, quality of life, and the economy and environment of Pakistan....


Skilling Up Vietnam: Preparing the Workforce for a Modern Market Economy

by Christian Bodewig & Reena Badiani-Magnusson

Education has played an important role in making Vietnam a development success story over the last twenty years. In the 1990s and early 2000s Vietnam experienced rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in...


Understanding the Poverty Impact of the Global Financial Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean: Vietnam's Remarkable Progress on Poverty Reduction

by Margaret Grosh & Maurizio Bussolo

This study documents the effects of the 2008-09 global financial crisis on poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In doing so, it describes and decomposes the effects of the crisis on poverty using...


Analyzing Markets for Health Workers: Insights from Labor and Health Economics

by Barbara McPake & Anthony Scott

This publication is part of the Bank's multiyear program to enhance its knowledge of HRH policies. The program's ultimate objective is to strengthen knowledge and capacity to collect evidence, analyze, and evaluate...