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Economic Development

We work with governments and public-sector institutions to design and deliver strategies that unleash growth and capture economic opportunity.

Advanced and emerging nations alike face major, albeit different, obstacles to stable and inclusive economic growth. Advanced economies strive for human-capital development, sustainable growth, and productivity improvement in the public sector. Developing economies must balance the benefits of economic progress against societal and individual costs.

Much progress has been made in the past century in raising individuals and societies out of poverty. Continuing this progress will require a significant and sustained global focus on economic development. And unlocking economic growth will require smart strategies for overcoming growth obstacles such as natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

What we do

We help governments and public-sector organizations design and implement large-scale strategies that promote economic development and inclusive growth. While more than 80 percent of our work is in emerging economies, we also help public-sector institutions in advanced economies solve complex development challenges. Examples of our work include the following:

  • helping define sector-specific growth strategies for resource-rich nations failing to meet their growth potential
  • architecting new employment-management systems, including strategies for worker training and placement
  • transforming labor agencies at the intersection of organizational design, operations, and IT
  • designing rural-development programs that aim to improve agricultural productivity, increase access to markets, build better infrastructure, and improve the standard of living for small farmers
  • creating sustainable pathways to low-carbon economies, including risk-mitigation measures that guard against the effects of climate change
  • expanding financial-services options and financial inclusion for lower-income households and businesses through new business models and partnerships
  • improving the efficiency and efficacy of aid flows for international development agencies
  • deploying rapid-response resources strategically in the aftermath of complex emergencies