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 |

Corredor Seco, Honduras. Copyright: Angels Maso. World Bank.  A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the "Federico Boquín" water treatment plant and dam in Tegucigalpa, one of…

Seynabou Sakho, Marco Antonio Aguero |

Patrick Abi Salloum / World Bank In many ways, Beirut is the capital of resilience and generosity. Over the centuries, the city has embraced, and continues to embrace, civilizations and cultures…

Saroj Kumar Jha |

See the full infographic on key findings of the Guatemala Water Supply, Sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Water and sanitation data figures in Guatemala show a challenging reality…

Marco Antonio Aguero, Christian Borja-Vega, Kinnon Scott, Ana Silvia Aguilera |

Four years ago, Juan Angel Sandoval, a resident of Barrio Buenos Aires in the Honduran municipality of Siguatepeque, received water at home only three times a week. His was not an isolated reality…

Seynabou Sakho |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |

History repeats, history rhymes and sometimes history regresses. Wandering through cities and fields in the Middle East and North Africa a thousand years ago, you would have been struck by the…

Torgny Holmgren |

Cities are becoming thirstier – a 50 percent increase in urban water demands is anticipated within the next 30 years. Rapid urban population growth, economic expansion, and competing demands are…

Lauren Nicole Core, Stephane Dahan, Richard Abdulnour, Clementine Marie Stip |

It is a chapel. Small, hardly the size of a barn. A cube of rough cut stone. Superbly isolated, but sitting on historically hallowed ground. Old enough to carry memories. Although unprepossessing…

Dan Petrescu |

Boat passengers in rural Bangladesh. Photo credit: Erik Nora When my team and I saw this boat passing by us in July 2013 in rural Bangladesh, near the border with Mizoram, Northeast India, and…

Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |