Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

Girls School in Sanaa. © UNICEF Yemen [[tweetable]]Creating sustainable peace and development solutions for countries affected by conflict, crisis and violence is a global responsibility for the…

Franck Bousquet, Oscar Fernández-Taranco |

Globally 2.9 million people died from household air pollution in 2015, caused by cooking over foul, smoky fires from solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and agricultural crop…

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Bjorn Klavdy Larsen |

Intense drought can devastate a country. [[tweetable]]Severe flooding can be catastrophic[[/tweetable]]. Dealing with both at the same time? That’s just another day for too many countries around…

Vladimir Tsirkunov, Paul D. Egerton |

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

As a former country manager in Benin, my team and I advised the national administration on the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Project Law then under consideration and engaged in PPPs. This…

Olivier Fremond |

Florina Lopez spoke movingly about her experience of double discrimination, being both Indigenous and a woman, at the recent launch of the new World Bank Group report, Indigenous Latin America in…

Caren Grown, Jonna Lundwall |

I recall a visit to a Bank-funded project in a rural Bolivian community. An enthusiastic Quechua woman was proudly telling me that she was about to undertake the 3-hour journey to Sucre with her “…

Francisco Obreque |

Good governance is critical for all countries around the world today. When it doesn’t exist, many governments fail to deliver public services effectively; health and education services are often…

Jim Yong Kim |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |