Geographically, the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara, is a hilly city, a maze of ridges and valleys. In front of me, concrete steps descend 30 meters down the face of a ridge, winding their way…

Evan Wasuka |

El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

A striking feature of Vietnam’s remarkable progress over the last few decades is the rapid pace of urbanization. In 1986, there were fewer than 13 million urban residents. Today there are 30…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

On to Laos….
Last week, I shared the experience from Myanmar’s CDD program and the role it is playing in making the country’s growth more inclusive for all.

Susan Wong |


So I just returned from a terrific mission to Myanmar and Laos, two countries experiencing strong annual growth rates, and both facing challenges of making rapid growth inclusive and just…

Susan Wong |

When I visited Vietnam for the first time three years ago, I imagined a Ho Chi Minh City out of Hollywood movies, with panoramic buildings of French architecture, tree-lined, long boulevards and…

Madhu Raghunath |

The capital Dili has many new good roads with an increase of infrastructure spending. Photo: Tom Perry/World Bank           

Bolormaa Amgaabazar |

Luu Vinh Trinh is an 18-year-old student, born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, with a dream of becoming an English teacher. Trinh and one million other students across Vietnam just completed the…

Mai Thi Hong Bo, Le Xuan Trung |

Every minute, dozens of people in East Asia move from the countryside to the city. The massive population shift is creating some of the world’s biggest mega-cities including Tokyo, Shanghai,…

Axel van Trotsenburg |