A recent California law stops platform companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash from misclassifying their more than 400,000 drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees. It is an important first step toward protecting...

In 2008, the Philippines initiated a government-run cash transfer scheme knows as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The program gives money to poor families, but only if they meet certain conditions. Government-funded...

The World Bank approved today an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of US$35 million equivalent from the institution’s Crises Response Window as additional financing to scale up the Government of Mozambique’s safety...

BLOG: History tells us that inclusive, lifecycle national social security systems play a key role in enabling nations to tackle poverty and inequality, promote human development, build the social contract, generate social cohesion...

Since 2015, conflict in Yemen has killed and injured civilians, restricted access to basic necessities, and deprived vulnerable Yemenis of the means to support themselves. In December 2018, the UN estimated that more than 24 million...

BLOG: Poverty, not war-related trauma, drives cognitive deficits in young people displaced by conflict, according to a new Yale-led study of adolescents affected by the crisis in Syria. The study, published in the journal Child...

BLOG: The world’s informal workers are constantly at risk of falling into poverty, but a burgeoning movement is searching for solutions for them. Sightly more than 60% of all working people in the world are informally employed. This...

BlOG: Social protection programs (SPP), which provide cash transfers such as social pensions or child benefits, are coordinated by governments and donors. However, the payments are often outsourced to third-party payment service...

BLOG: The World Bank is the largest multilateral institution devoted to promoting development. Unfortunately, its promotion of the Washington Consensus, pension privatisation, poverty targeting and other failed policies have caused...

BLOG: In the late 1980s as part of a small educational non-governmental organisation (NGO), Michael Kremer was visiting Kenya where he spent a year teaching school students. There he came up with the idea of applying RCTs (...

BLOG: Subsidies need not be permanent to benefit farmers. Well-designed policy that encourages experimentation can generate widespread and lasting impacts. In short, there is a strong economic case for temporary input subsidies,...

Thousands of Liberia’s poorest citizens will be getting an early Christmas gift of $100 this year as part of a five-year project which the government hopes will shrink chronic poverty and eliminate hunger. Authorities at the...