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Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?
September 23, 2021

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?

By Simon Commander
Across the former Soviet Union, improved rankings for selective governance indicators tend to give a misleading view of governments' ability to reform themselves.

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan
August 12, 2021

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan

By Lorena Cotza
The World Bank approved a COVID-19 loan for Turkmenistan, despite journalists reporting on the pandemic there being thrown in jail.
Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 
June 26, 2021

Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 

By Anna Bjerde
For Central Asia, a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery opens great opportunities for prosperity.

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia
June 09, 2021

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Although forecasts have improved slightly, the World Bank warns of considerable uncertainty when it comes to post-COVID recovery in the Europe and Central Asia region.

Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19
March 26, 2021

Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The World Bank's projections suggest that the region will bear the scars of COVID-19 for many years to come.

Why the World Bank Torched its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Ranking
October 07, 2020

Why the World Bank Torched its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Ranking

By James Guild
In addition to encouraging bad economic policy-making, the ranking incentivized nations to game the system.

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19
September 29, 2020

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
A new World Bank report predicts sharp economic contractions that could produce a wave of "new COVID poor."
China, the World Bank, and African Debt: A War of Words
August 17, 2020

China, the World Bank, and African Debt: A War of Words

By Deborah Brautigam
Will the rising hostility between the United States and China make a comprehensive approach to debt relief more difficult in Africa?

World Bank Sees Coronavirus Outbreak Hitting Asia Hard
March 31, 2020

World Bank Sees Coronavirus Outbreak Hitting Asia Hard

By Associated Press
The World Bank estimates COVID-19 will cause economic growth to slow significantly this year in China and other East Asian-Pacific countries.

Across Asia, Economic Outlook Precarious
January 09, 2020

Across Asia, Economic Outlook Precarious

By Catherine Putz
Slowing growth in East Asia is matched with small recoveries in South and Central Asia in the latest World Bank forecast.

Demystifying Debt Along China’s New Silk Road
March 06, 2019

Demystifying Debt Along China’s New Silk Road

By Sophie van der Meer
Is Beijing really seeking to buy political influence abroad?
World Bank Optimistic About Uzbekistan
March 01, 2019

World Bank Optimistic About Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek and World Bank officials are all humming the same tune: There's no going back from reforms. Is it that simple?

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