It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

 Magnificent. Splendid. That was the only way to describe the intricate web of waterways, bridges, road, and rail transport that we gazed out on as our bus transported us from Incheon…

Lewnida Sara |

The ICP blog series explores ideas and issues under the International Comparison Program umbrella – including innovations in price and data collection, discussions on purpose and methodology, as…

Edie Purdie |

Photo by World/Bank The purpose of any education system is to equip learners with the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life. Currently, East Asia is home to seven of the top ten…

Raja Bentaouet Kattan, May Bend |

Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

Suwon's EcoMobility Festival. Photo: Carlos Felipe Pardo The discussion on climate change often tends to ignore one critical factor: people’s own habits and preferences. In urban transport,…

Julie Babinard |

To ensure their city remains sustainable, Colombo’s citizens need to co-exist and build harmonious relationships with natural ecosystems and the biodiversity that thrives in them Protecting nature…

Darshani De Silva |

Photo: © World Bank Better jobs, higher salaries and improved access to basic services – the bright lights of cities seem to promise these and more.

Victoria Kwakwa |

Photo credit: Lois Goh/ World Bank Urbanization and economic growth go hand in hand.  Cities are turning into centers of attraction in developing countries and their population is rising…

Fen Wei, Gunes Basat, Hyunji Lee |