This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |

Did you know that in Kazakhstan we live in the country with the deadliest roads? Every year,  3, 000 people die on roads in Kazakhstan, and over 30, 000 are injured. Imagine if an airplane crashed…

Aliya Karakulova |

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 |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

Photo Credit: Axel Drainville via Flickr Creative Commons Our research at the Stanford Global Projects Center aims to improve the way institutional capital is invested in critical public…

Rajiv Sharma, Michael Bennon |

Photo Credit: Myxi via Flickr Creative Commons License In our last post, we highlighted a few examples of the innovative organizational structures that institutional investors have created to more…

Michael Bennon, Rajiv Sharma |

Photo credit: Rajarshi Mitra/Flickr Next week, the international community will gather at Habitat III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - to discuss…

Nancy Vandycke |

Building earthquake-resistant housing in Peru. Photo: USAID/OFDA, Auriana Koutnik/Flickr When a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes a poor country, families too often suffer a…

Luis Triveno, Niels Holm-en |

Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank In late June, we sent two of our bravest colleagues, Marta and Marcelo, on a daring mission into the Tundra, close to the Arctic Circle. Even though the…

Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, Courtney Price Ivins, Marcelo Buitron |

Lorne Turner served as Manager of Performance Management for the City of Toronto. People wandering through the labyrinth of booths of yet another UN urban conference in Nanjing (2008) or Rio de…

Dan Hoornweg |