If you are curious to know which country has achieved double digit growth in the last 12 years, making it the fourth fastest-growing in the world, the answer is Ethiopia. And what is more striking…

Lars Christian Moller |

The White Nile in South Sudan. Photo by Steve Utterwulghe. As I was landing in Juba, the bustling capital of South Sudan, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my days working in Khartoum for the UN…

Steve Utterwulghe, Patrick Banya |

Credit: UN-REDD Programme/Pablo Cambronero  The countdown is now well and truly onto to the Paris climate change talks in France. A key factor in the talks will be the national plans, known as the…

Ellysar Baroudy |

También disponible en English La pregunta fundamental en el periodo previo a la Conferencia de las Partes (COP 21) sobre el cambio climático es: ¿dónde encontraremos las soluciones sobre el…

Jonathan Coony |

Also available in: Español In the run-up to the COP21 climate conference, one question becomes central: where will we find the solutions on the ground—and the people to implement them—to realize…

Jonathan Coony |

Photo: Dominic Chavez/Banque mondiale ​Attardons-nous d’abord sur quelques chiffres : ce matin, pendant que vous preniez votre petit déjeuner, environ 15 000 personnes sont venues grossir la…

Keith Hansen |

It was recorded by the Spanish conquistadors, and triggered famines that have been linked to China’s 1901 Boxer Rebellion and even the French revolution. Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its…

Francis Ghesquiere, Nicholas Jones |

Dominic Chavez/Banco Mundial ​Piense en esto: en el momento en que tomaba el desayuno esta mañana, la población urbana mundial aumentaba en unas 15 000 personas. Esta cifra se incrementará a 180 …

Keith Hansen |

With 54 percent of the world’s population now living in urban areas, central and local governments around the globe are faced with both opportunities and challenges. This week, senior policymakers…

Mohamad Al-Arief |

Here are some facts that you might not know: Over the last 60 years, Guatemala has lost almost half of its forests, much of it due to illegal logging. Built-up area around Lake Laguna in the…

Stig Johansson |