Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

A low-income residential neighborhood in Mumbai, India. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank As John Adams famously warned, “facts are stubborn things” that we cannot wish away. Governments in…

Luis Triveno |

Rush hour traffic in Mumbai, India. Photo: Adam Cohn/Flickr Over the next decade and a half the world will add a staggering 1.1 billion people to its towns and cities. About one half of this…

Judy Baker, Peter Ellis, Mark Roberts |

Photo: Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr Who is the best soccer player of all time? A Google search will offer this name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé. Kicking off in 1958 as a 17…

Abhas Jha |

Mobile services are the extension services of inclusion.  Increasingly, the world’s poor – and especially the bottom 40 percent in terms of income – are being reached via mobile devices by…

Pierre Guislain |

Svetlana Nikolaevna had never seen so much cash in her life. It was her family’s life savings, a huge stack of $100 bills, totaling $250, 000. The girl behind the glass was counting it, verifying…

David Lawrence |