Photo: The central square of the old town. Brasov. Transylvania. By Ann Stryzhekin/ Shutterstock When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yokohama in 1854, it was a backwater village in Japan…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Yuko Okazawa |

Photo: gui jun peng/Shutterstock.com In many parts of the world, the sharing economy is ever-present for individuals, allowing them to use personal assets—for example, houses and cars—to their…

Natalija Gelvanovska-Garcia, Rhedon Begolli |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Photo: MediaFOTO/PIXTA In March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan, unleashing a tsunami that left some 20, 000 people dead or missing. Sendai,…

Sanae Sasamori, Naho Shibuya |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Picture of the Competitive Cities Technical Deep Dive participants enjoying a walk through the Minato Mirai 21 area (with the Cosmo Clock in the background),…

Sameh Wahba, Megha Mukim, Daniel Levine |

Editor's Note: Join us April 22nd at 10AM ET for the 2017 Global Infrastructure Forum when the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), the United Nations, the G-20, and development partners…

Akihiro Tsuchiya |

​Today, a quarter of the world’s population lives in urban “agglomerations”—supersized metropolitan areas that cut across jurisdictional boundaries and bring together one or more cities along with…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Philip E. Karp, Maria Angelica Sotomayor |

In Panama, a healthy economic climate and enthusiastic institutional support provided an ideal testing ground for the World Bank’s Infrastructure Prioritization Framework (IPF). The country’s GDP…

Cledan Mandri-Perrott, Darwin Marcelo |

Local governments are under pressure to provide more and better services. But in most cases, they cannot do this alone. An examination of the World Bank Group’s PPI database and the PPP databases…

Aijaz Ahmad, Shyamala Shukla |

About this series More blog posts Rapid urbanization has put considerable pressure on developing countries to deliver more infrastructure - and, preferably, to deliver it fast and in a cost-…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Philip E. Karp |