Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

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 |

Our planet is undergoing a process of rapid urbanization, and the next few decades will see unprecedented growth in urban areas, including in urban infrastructure. Most of the growth will take…

Maninder Gill, Vincent Roquet |

[[tweetable]]How fast is your city growing? The answer may depend on where you live.[[/tweetable]] There are the booming megacities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Then there are cities that…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Paula Restrepo Cadavid |

“Individuality is the product of both biological inheritance and personal experience, ” said Professor Charles A. Nelson during a recent presentation at the World Bank. Professor Nelson has been…

Magdalena Bendini |

Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

In 1991, the World Bank Group opened its resident office in Bucharest and this November we will celebrate 25 years of continued presence in Romania. Romania joined the World Bank in 1972, yet it…

Elisabetta Capannelli |

Also available in: Russian Over the years, Bucharest has improved its cycling infrastructure. Photo: Stelian Pavalache Over the past year, people living in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, are…

Yevgen Yesyrkenov |

[[tweetable]]What’s a major challenge for Romanian taxpayers?[[/tweetable]] They spend hours waiting in line at tax offices.   In March 2014, with support of the World Bank, a Delivery Unit (DU)…

Andrea Sitarova, Alberto Leyton |

Photo: Daniel Kozak, World Bank The first time I came to Bucharest in 2013 the Bank office offered to arrange a pick up from the airport. Being a seasoned traveler, I declined the offer. I…

Ismail Radwan |