Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000…

Sameh Wahba, Valerie-Joy Santos, Rodica Tomescu-Olariu |

As a transport specialist – and an avid motorist – I travel across Azerbaijan on a regular basis, both for business and pleasure. As such, I can attest that the country’s road infrastructure,…

Nijat Valiyev |

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 |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Photo: MediaFOTO/PIXTA In March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan, unleashing a tsunami that left some 20, 000 people dead or missing. Sendai,…

Sanae Sasamori, Naho Shibuya |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Picture of the Competitive Cities Technical Deep Dive participants enjoying a walk through the Minato Mirai 21 area (with the Cosmo Clock in the background),…

Sameh Wahba, Megha Mukim, Daniel Levine |

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

Photo: Sinkdd/Flickr For many countries, damages and losses related to transport are a significant proportion of the economic impacts of disasters, often more than destruction to housing and…

Shanika Hettige, Shoko Takemoto, Robert Lucas |

  Just fourteen projects in energy, transport and water/sanitation.  In only eight countries. Totaling $2.7 billion.   There are 56 IDA countries (excluding three “inactive” and a few rich enough…

Laurence Carter |

As countries prepare to meet at the G20 summit in Turkey next week, global growth and infrastructure needs will be at the top of decision makers’ concerns. And rightly so: Infrastructure – roads,…

Robert Montgomery |

One of the core principles of trade economics is that of “comparative advantage.” First described by David Ricardo, the theory says that countries are best off if they specialize in products that…

Siddhesh Kaushik, Julia Oliver |