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 |

[[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 |

Eugenia enjoying a music lesson together with preschool children in the Bulgarian village of Litakovo. (Photo: Daniel Lekov / World Bank)
In Bulgaria, where just 15 percent of Roma children…

Daphna Berman |

Photo: Ashim D'silva | Unsplash  From “Billions to Trillions”, to the Hamburg Principles and Ambitions, to Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD), [[tweetable]]mobilizing private capital to…

Towfiqua Hoque |

 Also available in: Tiếng Việt It’s nighttime and the streets are bustling in Vietnam’s cities and towns. Buoyed by years of strong growth, the country has a burgeoning middle class with…

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Watch Video I was in Vietnam last month and I was so impressed by the tremendous progress the country has made compared to what I had seen 17 years earlier. In 2000, the Nhieu Loc–Thi Nghe canal…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Why the world’s cities are at risk – and what we can do to make them more resilient We may not know exactly what the world will look like in two decades, but we know this: it is going to be a…

Ivo Germann, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,…

Derek Headey |

In my last post, I discussed how emerging Asia is getting hit by the financial storm and the early signs of stress in the financial systems across the region. The intensity of this storm appears…

James Seward |

Image credit: simonpocock at Flickr under a Creative Commons license. If you want to know what movies are being shown on flights across the Pacific, ask me or my World Bank colleagues in the East…

Zoe Elena Trohanis |