Social scientists have for long acknowledged that people evaluate their own wellbeing not only on the basis of what they have but also on the basis of what they have relatively to what other…

Paolo Verme |

Who are the bottom 40 percent of society? Where do they live? What do they do? What other characteristics do they have? These are just some of the questions we are hoping to answer as part of the…

Jos Verbeek, Eugenia Suarez Moran |

When Jane Otai said there are flying toilets in slums of Nairobi, most of her audience, like me, was trying to figure out what she meant. A few others laughed softly. Because there are no toilets…

Ravi Kumar |

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Inger Andersen |

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) put the fight against poverty at the center of the international development agenda.  And progress has been noteworthy - so much so that it is now fueling…

Punam Chuhan-Pole |

Countries coming out of crises undergo rapid structural changes, including migration and big economic shifts. This can complicate the measurement of their progress, sometimes in unexpected ways,…

Mark Roland Thomas, Kristen Himelein |

The growth v. inequality debate attracts such widespread participation because, at entry level, it makes such minimal demands on the human intellect. But the debate can be conducted at many levels…

Kaushik Basu |

Family whose home floods every year. Colombia Photo: © Scott Wallace / World Bank It is an alarming trend: extreme weather events and disasters recorded around the globe are increasing in…

Jun Erik Rentschler |

This past week, we saw our future in a world of more extreme weather as Super Typhoon Haiyan tore apart homes and cities and thousands of lives across the Philippines. Scientists have been warning…

Rachel Kyte |

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Inger Andersen |