Overviews of Support to the Bank's Regions
As the World Bank's in-house research department, we have one of the world's largest concentrations of researchers in development. Our staff conducts original research on policy-relevant topics and disseminates results inside and outside the Bank. Our researchers also spend 30 percent of their time every year working with operational colleagues. This site showcases their work in the field.
Power Line Projects Create Significant "Indirect" Jobs
August 14, 2013 - Building power transmission lines can create far more "indirect" jobs than the often-cited "direct" jobs in construction, operations and maintenance, according to a new study using an innovative approach developed by the World Bank's research department for the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.
Ending Somali Piracy Requires On-Shore Solutions and International Support
June 13, 2013 - Seminar sponsored by the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region
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In one of the most detailed assessments of piracy in Somalia, a new World Bank report led by Quy-Toan Do, from the Research Department, said the sustained solution to ending piracy requires the recreation of a viable Somali state that can deliver essential services throughout the country to reduce poverty and create opportunity. It will also need to recognize the complexity and volatility of local politics in shaping how to deliver better health, education, nutrition, and other services to Somalis, especially those living in areas where piracy flourishes. Piracy costs the global economy roughly US$18 billion a year in increased trade costs. It also has severely affected the economic activities of neighboring countries. Since 2006, East African countries have seen a marked decline in tourist arrivals and fishing yields. Somalia's economy is not spared either: piracy-related trade costs are at $6 million a year, without taking into account the fact that potential sea-based economic activities are constrained by piracy. The collaboration between pirates and Islamist insurgent groups also has raised concerns about Somalia's political stability. It's also taken a toll on human lives: Between 2005 and 2012, more than 3,740 crewmembers from 125 countries fell prey to Somali pirates, and as many as 97 died. Do also won an innovation award in the "biggest ideas" contest of the Africa Region's "Africa Big Ideas: Changing How We Think About Africa".
June 5-6, 2013 - Workshop co-sponsored by the Research Department and the South Asia Rural Livelihoods Unit
Story | Workshop Website
On June 5-6, the research department and the South Asia Rural Livelihoods Unit held a workshop to examine ways that research and operations can work together and facilitate "learning by doing," or learning from both success and failure. Vijayendra Rao, a lead economist in our research department, leads the research department's Social Observatory (SO) team to create holistic and dynamic learning systems for project implementation. It supports the Bank's multibillion-dollar portfolio of livelihoods projects in India by helping to conduct rigorous impact evaluations, develop effective monitoring systems, and design relevant case studies and innovations such as the use of rigorous qualitative analysis and behavioral tools for project assessment and learning. This is a great example of how our researchers are engaging with operations.