[[tweetable]]Like many other developing countries, Afghanistan is urbanizing rapidly.[[/tweetable]] Today, a quarter of the country’s over 30 million people live in urban areas, with many more...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Catalina Marulanda |

Today is World Refugee Day, a day for us all to remember how many people are moved or displaced from their homes—either within their own country or across borders. The UN High Commissioner for...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Ayat Soliman, Catalina Marulanda, Robin Mearns |

Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. [[tweetable]]In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide[[/tweetable]] . While the primary responsibility for...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Bernard Harborne |

Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’...

Deborah Wetzel |

Afghanistan. Photo by Graham Crouch/World Bank I spent the past 11 years working and living in Afghanistan.  I didn’t intend to stay that long in one country office, but I got swept up in the...

Paul Sisk |

  When we think of urban expansion in the 21st century, we often think of ‘sprawl’, a term that calls to mind low-density, car-oriented suburban growth, perhaps made up of single-family homes....

Chandan Deuskar |

Myanmar is embarking on a triple transition: from an authoritarian military system to democratic governance; from a centrally directed economy to market oriented reforms; and from several decades...

Zhentu Liu |

#ARTF's Ditte Fallesen describes the opportunities and challenges around #opendata in Afghanistan. Photo: Sandra Moscoco [[tweetable]]​There's a lot of energy around the role of open...

Sandra Moscoso |

It’s not often that the Mayor of Kabul visits Washington DC. So when Mohammad Younis Nawandish was invited to participate in a panel discussion on green growth as part of The World Bank’s Urban...

Rana Amirtahmasebi |