As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |

Photo Credit: Guilhem Alandry doculab Malteser International / Flickr CC While disasters threaten the well-being of people from all walks of life, few are as disproportionately affected as the…

Margaret Arnold, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Deepti Samant Raja, Lorenzo Piccio |

As the world urbanizes rapidly, [[tweetable]]international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places[[/tweetable]] – it is estimated that…

Sameh Wahba, Judy Zheng Jia |

Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. Poor people are not only more vulnerable to climate-related shocks, but they also have fewer resources to prevent, cope with, and adapt to disasters. The…

Monica Vidili |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

In Brazil, a woman trained through the School of Women Leaders explains to her neighbors what she has learned. Photo: Maria do Carmo Carvalho / Habitat for Humanity [[tweetable]]Despite the fact…

Jane W. Katz |

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 |

[[tweetable]]Medellin, Colombia is experiencing an extraordinary transformation.[[/tweetable]] Although it was known during the 1980s and most of the 1990s as the most violent city of the world,…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Pamela Sofia Duran Vinueza |

About this series More blog posts The World Bank’s City Strength diagnostics aim to measure a city’s capacity to address different kinds of shocks and stresses, from natural disasters and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maria Angelica Sotomayor |

  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 |