When cyclones strike: massive flooding is a major threat to lives and property in low-lying coastal areas As one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the entire Southern…

Susmita Dasgupta, Brian Blankespoor |

Over the last twenty years, impact evaluations have dramatically expanded the body of evidence about which types of development programs work, when, and why, but their application has been heavily…

Ariel BenYishay |

The blog draws on joint ongoing and published work with several IMF staff, including Leo Bonato, Aliona Cebotari, Julian Chow, Alejandro Guerson, Franz Loyola, Sònia Muñoz, Uma Ramakrishnan, Ippei…

Inci Otker-Robe |

In the World Development Report 2014 on Risk and Opportunity we discussed the need for collective action to prepare for, mitigate, and cope with risk. Our report called for more systematic risk…

Rasmus Heltberg |

To design effective and durable relief programs for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), it is essential to understand the nature and context of the challenges the people living in…

Utz Pape, Lennart Kaplan, James Walsh |

Time and again, we witness how natural disasters reinforce poverty and other development challenges. Disasters strike countries around the world with alarming frequency – including severe storms,…

Stéphane Hallegatte, Brian Walsh, Jun Erik Rentschler |

Also available in: Français | Español  | 中文 Poverty is a complex concept. A widespread view argues that important aspects of poverty cannot be measured in monetary terms – in fact, to successfully…

Daniel Mahler, Jed Friedman, Maria Ana Lugo, Dhiraj Sharma |

2018: It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu pandemic and 10 years since the global financial crisis. The Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people, more than the two World Wars combined…

Norman Loayza |

Last week we had World Food Day on October 16 and World Poverty Day on October 17.  The good news from World Poverty Day is that there is global progress on reducing extreme poverty.  Based on the…

Martien van Nieuwkoop |

This page in: Français |  العربية Two years ago, we published a blog estimating the global average of the duration of exile for refugees, based on data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Our…

Xavier Devictor, Quy-Toan Do |