Major cities across Latin America are taking concrete action to promote cycling and become more bike-friendly. Given the urgent need to reduce emissions from urban transport, this could serve as a…

Leszek J. Sibilski, Felipe Targa |

Accumulated scientific evidence shows that proper nutrition and stimulation in utero and during early childhood benefit physical and mental well-being later in life and contribute to the…

Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

© Julia Pacheco/World Bank Celina Maria migrated from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro when she was just 17 and pregnant with twins, without completing her education and therefore have had difficulties…

Kathy Lindert, Phillippe Leite, Tina George Karippacheril, Ines Rodriguez Caillava |

Young women, some still girls, await long-haul truck drivers that stop by a gas station in the State of Tocantins, located in the North region of Brazil. Here, impoverished women and girls look to…

Satoshi Ogita, Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Renata Giannini |

Brazil's state of Ceará has just introduced a new parenting program designed to stimulate stronger early childhood development. (Photo: Julio Pantoja / World Bank) Quality and innovative…

Rita Almeida, Leandro Costa |

One woman is victimized by violence every 15 seconds in Brazil, with a total of 23% of all Brazilian women experiencing violence in their lifetime. There are many notable consequences affecting…

Kristin Kay Gundersen, Jamila Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki, Daniela Knauth, Regina Barbosa |

 In the Amazon region of Brazil, near Manaus. Brazil. Photo: © Julio Pantoja / World Bank When the word “Amazonas” is mentioned, what do you think of? Mythical rainforests and winding rivers?  The…

Laura De Castro Zoratto, Alexandre Borges de Oliveira, Courtney Price Ivins |

Children having meals in school in Ghana. Photo: © Arne Hoel/The World Bank April 7th is World Health Day, a day to highlight emerging global health concerns. The focus this year is raising…

Linda Brooke Schultz, Andy Chi Tembon |