In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Globally 2.9 million people died from household air pollution in 2015, caused by cooking over foul, smoky fires from solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and agricultural crop…

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Bjorn Klavdy Larsen |

A partner from the EU assesses damage to an apartment building in Ukraine. Photo credit: EU It’s a simple yet essential idea: war and disaster are linked, and these links must be examined to…

Francis Ghesquiere |

About the campaign #16Days blog series The communities of Choloma, La Ceiba and el Progreso in Honduras all had one question in common:  "When can we get started?" "We want…

Amber L. Hill, Diana J. Arango, Margarita Puerto Gómez |

Effective management of European Union (EU) funds is not only high on the agenda of the new EU member states but also of the Western Balkan countries that are progressing in the EU integration…

Maya V. Gusarova, Naida Carsimamovic Vukotic |

A new word has entered the running for buzzword of the moment: “Resilience” seems to appear on every other page and is lauded at events as the focus for all. Indeed, academics, institutions and…

Marc Sadler |

There’s been a lot of talk about food riots in the wake of the international food price hikes in 2007. Given the deaths and injuries caused by many of these episodes, this attention is fully…

José Cuesta |

The challenge of moving from conflict and fragility to resilience and growth is immense. More than half of the countries counted as low income have experienced conflict in the last decade. Twenty…

Laura Ralston |

Finding and keeping a job, and even participating in the labor market, is harder if you are a woman than if you are a man living in the Western Balkans. This is a conclusion I can draw from my…

Ellen Goldstein |

Women: Just when you thought it was safe to leave the kitchen, drive, vote, or wear pants, think again. Try Googling “Women should not, ” and watch what the autocomplete function brings up. Top…

Alys Willman |