2017 was a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-private partnerships at the World Bank Group: from new knowledge products and tools, to innovations and success stories in places…

Yelena Osipova-Stocker, Lylia Jixuan Li |

Somaliland is often described as a breakaway state, void of international recognition. But most parts of Somaliland—including Hargeisa—boast safe, democratic, and culturally compelling…

The invitation for new SAFE Trust Fund applications is now open until 9 February 2018

Daniel Boyce |

Full infographic This commentary first appeared on the UHC2030 website. Full list of authors: Craig Burgess, Anna Marriott,  Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Bruno Rivalan, James Sale Despite the international…

Craig Burgess, Anna Marriott |

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 |

A new report on mental health in Ukraine offers a sobering picture of the often-ignored disease burden of mental disorders, which undermine human capital development and total wealth accumulation…

Patricio V. Marquez, Feng Zhao |

Recent World Bank investment climate surveys find that the top two constraints for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are access to finance and access to energy. Given that SMEs…

Simon Bell, Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies, Jonathan Coony |

Holidays for me have always been about family and food. A time to relax, catch-up with loved ones and eat good food.  When it’s our turn to cook, my husband and I take time to plan the menu. A…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Based in eastern Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts has developed innovative uses of ICT for its commercial agriculture operations. Photo Credit: Bryan Watts/World Bank Bhutan is a challenging environment…

Yoichiro Ishihara |

Courts around the world are increasingly adopting a more citizen-focused, user-friendly approach to justice.  They recognize that user satisfaction is a key dimension of the quality of justice. …

Georgia Harley, Agnes Said |