Kyla Wethli




Kyla Wethli is an economist with expertise in macroeconomic policy and analysis, and a member of the core team for the World Development Report 2014. Before joining the WDR team, she was an economic attaché to the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she worked as an economic assistant at Her Majesty’s Treasury in London, focusing on global economic developments. Kyla has a BSc in Government and Economics and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jan 18th 2016

Risks are a part of our everyday lives. Losses from risks and missed opportunities affect everyone. In the last two decades the world has experienced international integration, technological innovation, and economic reform, but also financial turbulence and environmental damage. The fear of loss can prevent people from pursuing development opportunities, leaving many poor people trapped in poverty. However, societies that successfully adapt to risks can make dramatic gains in their living standards.

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