March 2017: The World Bank and its partner countries have invested billions of dollars in active labor market policies over the past decade. New studies reveal what has worked, what hasn’t, and how governments can improve the effectiveness of their labor policies.
March 2017: Small investments in nutrition in the first two years of life can help 250 million children under the age of five at risk of not reaching their full development potential due to stunting and poverty. Story | Brief | Video | Presentation | Blog
March 2017: Expectations and reality collide in active labor market policies | The reason self-employed entrepreneurs rarely hire paid workers | The cost of vocational training programs for the unemployed often exceeds the benefits | Big data on job skills and labor markets from an online job portal in India | more ...
March 2017: Land lies at the center of many development challenges. Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, joined us at the Land and Poverty Conference to highlight new technologies like geospatial data that are transforming land governance. Interview | Conference Website
Bilal Zia is a Senior Economist in the Finance and Private Sector research team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. His research is focused on financial development at the household, firm, and bank levels, and his work has appeared in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.