How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of…

World Bank Data Team |

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing Initiative supports agriculture insurance programs which unlock critical assess to credit for low-income farmers in Kenya, as well as in Uganda and Rwanda. Photo…

Hugo Wesley, Lorenzo Piccio |

Aerial view looking south toward the Gulf of Mexico down the Wax Lake Delta, Louisiana. Photo © Carlton Ward Jr.   New York City faced a challenge in the 1990s: the city needed a new water…

Andrea Erickson |

Also available in: Spanish Road with independent space for pedestrians, cyclists and cars in San Isidro. Photo: World Bank We all have an intuitive sense that pedestrians are particularly…

Irene Portabales González, Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Juan Miguel Velásquez |

Aerial view of the landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. © Kate Evans/CIFOR This blog post was originally published on Project Syndicate. Today, only 30% of the world…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Anna Wellenstein |

Photo: Tony Salas | Flickr Creative Commons In my home state of California in the United States, major drought-fueled wildfires tore across the state in the latter half of 2017 setting records for…

Sunny Kaplan |

© Ursula Meissner/The Nature Conservancy The North Atlantic hurricane season officially opens June 1, and there are predictions that storms this year could be worse than average again. That would…

Michael W. Beck, GM Lange, Siddharth Narayan |

In 2018, Madagascar is said to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Antananarivo is said to be the third dirtiest capital. Some diseases like the plague persist in the country, even in…

Claudia Navalonirina Raobelina |

Photo: Michel Matera/World Bank Planning is a theme in cities as ancient as Rome, Cairo, and Athens to as modern as New York and Singapore. It is used as an instrument to manage collective living…

Salim Rouhana, Michel Matera, Camilla Gandini |

Dockless bikes typically sport bright colors that make them easy to identify. Photo: Montgomery County/Flickr How can we harness the digital economy to make mobility more sustainable? This…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano |