The first time a World Bank education team tried classroom observations in Brazil, it nearly provoked a state-wide teachers’ strike. It was October 2009 in the northeast state of Pernambuco and…

Daphna Berman |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

Students need to develop and practice 21st century skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and cooperative learning. (Photo: World Bank) I believe that people who are constantly on the lookout for…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Also available in: Español Photo: Andy Shuai Liu/World Bank Invented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano, Wenyu Jia, Georges Darido |

The true test is whether open data leads to improvements in public services. Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, celebrated its 130th anniversary in November. But that’s not its only milestone: This…

Eva Clemente, Jean Paulo Gil Barroca |

This is the seventeenth, and penultimate, of this year’s job market series.  Research question and motivation  That early-life events can affect adult outcomes is now well established. Lifelong…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

[[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 |

© World Bank [[tweetable]]Nothing is more satisfying than putting a smile on a child’s face. It is especially true when the child has been a victim of war.[[/tweetable]]   The viral image of the…

Qiyang Xu, Wandi Huang |

Aerial shot of Bazaruto's clear blue waters. Photo: Andre Aquino/World Bank An innovative World Bank project with a co-management agreement hopes to make conservation more equitable in one of…

André Rodrigues de Aquino, Carmen Lahoz Rallo |

Also available in: Русский | Română | Türkçe Ruins of the Church of Saint Paul, following the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) [[tweetable]]Did you know that, in 1755,…

David Sislen, Alanna Simpson, Yann Kerblat |