Building seawalls. Photo: Lauren Day/World Bank The first ever meeting of the Heads of Procurement of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) took place on June 20-21 in Barbados with…

Shaun Moss |

[[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 |

In Mali, residents of Timbuktu take part in the maintenance of the Djingareyber Mosque, a World Heritage Site, applying traditional repair techniques. (Tiecoura Ndaou / UN Photo) Imagine a city…

Sameh Wahba, Barbara Minguez Garcia |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

Building earthquake-resistant housing in Peru. Photo: USAID/OFDA, Auriana Koutnik/Flickr When a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes a poor country, families too often suffer a…

Luis Triveno, Niels Holm-en |

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 |

Street scene in Delmas, Haiti “Plantain nu eat like rice” — a Caribbean saying roughly translated as “Make do with what is available to you” — applies to the region’s experience with public-…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in recognition of the contributions this group of countries has made to the world, and to…

Ivan Rossignol |

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Kerry Natelege Crawford |

When a disaster strikes, such as a hurricane or a major earthquake, relief efforts are often hampered by destroyed or damaged ground infrastructure, mostly roads, bridges, and railway networks. In…

Charles E. Schlumberger |