Somalia has the reputation of being a mysterious and conflict-ridden land. Who hasn’t heard of the infamous “Black Hawk down” episode, the militant group al-Shabaab or the pirates off the Somali…

Steve Utterwulghe |

World Bank Vice President for East Asia Invites the Public to Discuss the Future of Vietnam World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg invites everyone to join a…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

"Disability is no barrier. Landmine victims play volleyball." Photo: AusAID I am often asked how “we” – development professionals and practitioners at large - can make a difference to…

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Change is what development is all about. The hard part, as the well-chosen title of a new World Bank book makes clear, is persuading the right kind of change to put down roots and flourish.…

Heather Lyne de Ver |

Selon les Perspectives de la population mondiale publiées par les Nations Unies, la planète devrait compter plus de 8, 4 milliards d'êtres humains d'ici 2030 (UN, 2013). Parallèlement à…

Sylvia Szabo |

Photo: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank Whenever aid and development money is involved, one question consistently emerges: How do you make sure it does not fall on the wrong hands, and be victims of…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program Sanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease,…

Parameswaran Iyer |

Một người dân ở Hòa Bình vui mừng khi xây được nhà vệ sinh mới. Ảnh: Chương trình Nước và vệ sinh mội trường của Ngân hàng Thế giới. Vệ sinh môi trường mang lại nhiều lợi ích như giảm chi phí chữa…

Parameswaran Iyer |

For the first time in history, all South Asian leaders were invited to the newly elected Indian Prime Minister’s oath-taking ceremony,  May 2014. President Mahinda Rajapaksa/Flickr.   I’m on my…

Sanjay Kathuria, Delilah Liu |