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The World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise argues that without learning, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.

Governments in 65 economies took steps to improve women’s economic inclusion, enacting 87 legal reforms in the past two years, however, women continue to face widespread barriers, entrenched in laws, that keep them out of jobs and prevent them from owning a business by restricting their access to credit or control over marital property.

Marking its 15th anniversary, the report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business for domestic small and medium enterprises around the world.

The report examines whether those born in poverty or in prosperity are destined to remain in the same economic circumstances into which they were born, and looks back over a half a century at whether children’s lives are better or worse than their parents’ in different parts of the world.

This report brings to bear new evidence on the benefits and costs of international banking. Countries that are open to international banking can benefit from global flows of funds, knowledge, and opportunity, but the regulatory challenges are complex and, at times, daunting.

Access to financial services makes it easier to invest in health, education, and business, but 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked. The transformative power of fintech could bring financial services to millions.

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Global Economic Prospects, June 2018

Global economic growth will remain robust at 3.1 percent in 2018 before slowing gradually over the next two years.

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Moving for Prosperity: Global Migration and Labor Markets

Global labor mobility can be a potent tool in the fight to end poverty, but better labor market policies in destination countries can ensure everyone shares the benefits of migration.

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Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018: From World Development Indicators

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 presents maps, charts, and stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations.

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