© Sarah Farhat/World Bank One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of marginalized people. In most cases…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Across developing countries, only 63 percent of adults have a bank account, according to our friends over at the Findex.  And we’ve seen a couple of papers with targeted populations that suggest…

Markus Goldstein |

      “Hurricane Irma was so big that the entire eye of the storm covered all [160km2] of Barbuda.”   So starts the chilling story by a Red Cross volunteer who rode out the Cat 5 storm at home on…

Saurabh Dani |

This page in: Arabic | Français | 中文 In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the urgency of…

Luis Triveno, Michael J. Lea |

Photo: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Shutterstock In an effort to harness the benefits of urbanization and improve the living conditions of the urban poor, Latin American countries have experimented with…

Luis Triveno |

Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena’s Elemental firm designed the “half a good house”, which includes gaps between the houses for residents to fill according to their own needs. Cities are the…

Luis Triveno |

‘Oh you’re going to Lima? I’ve heard the food is supposed to be amazing’. So goes the typical comment I get from friends and family when I would mention my work related travel plans. And in this…

Eric Dickson |

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.   “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting, ” she said.   Naturally…

Amit Jain |

Productive inclusion is the buzzword taking shape in social policy circles in Latin America, and other middle income countries. Graduation out of social assistance does not equate with (or presume…

Emanuela Galasso |

Recently planted avocado trees in the Alto Laran district, in Peru. A five hours’ drive south of Lima lays the coastal provinces of Chincha. If one heads inland into the deserted mountains that…

Maria Margarita Nunez |