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 |

More than 150 people participated in the SotM Africa conference in 2017. (Courtesy of SotM Africa) There is a unique space where you can encounter everyone from developers of self-driving cars in…

Vivien Deparday, Jocelyn Michele West, Mira Lilian Gupta |

As the world observes World Environment Day this week, we should be mindful that [[tweetable]]there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050 if nothing is done[[/tweetable]], according…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

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 |

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 |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

[[tweetable]]When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence.[[/tweetable]] Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

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 |

The stat is appalling: [[tweetable]]1 in 3 women worldwide have or will experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.[[/tweetable]] Although it may take…

Sweta Shrestha, Ram Devineni, Isabel Santagostino, Margarita Puerto Gómez, Rocio Calidonio |

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 |