Before joining the World Bank, I worked as an urban designer and often provided advice on how the design of proposed developments could be more accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, many…

Jian Vun, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

Small, landlocked, and resource-rich Lao PDR has been quietly maintaining its place as one of East Asia and Pacific’s fastest growing economies for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, the average…

Stephen Danyo |

  New settlements in Sleman district post-eruption of Mt. Merapi. Imagine that you live near one of 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, threatened by the next eruption that could endanger your…

Jian Vun, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Sri Probo Sudarmo, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

It is an unfortunate but fact of life that Indonesia often deals with the impacts of natural disasters. It was sadly evident again this week when I arrived in Jakarta to the unfolding disaster…

Philippe H. Le Houérou |

Adapting Fiji's development strategy to the impacts of climate change

Naraya Carrasco, Lorenzo Piccio |

Photo:Mara Warwick/World Bank It’s been ten years since the Wenchuan Earthquake struck China, leaving an everlasting scar on ravaged land, but also revealing the strong and unyielding will of the…

Yi Shi |

Within a few weeks of the disaster, the tents, half a dozen of them, were lined up along a creek where houses with bamboo walls and nipa roofs had once stood. They were brand new… and empty. They…

Markus Kostner |

Sun or rain? Most of us rely on the daily weather forecast to know what to wear or whether to bring an umbrella. However, for millions of people living in flood prone areas, timely and accurate…

Adeline Choy, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes |

The Mataniko River floodplain at Koa Hill, Solomon Islands, after the April 2014 flood. Many houses were completely washed away and several lives were lost. (Photo: Alan McNeil, Solomon Islands…

Simone Esler, Dr Stephen Yeo, Felix Taaffe |

For many Pacific Island countries, natural disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis, are an all-too common occurrence. Out of the top 15 most at-risk countries for natural disasters globally, four…

Michael Bonte-Grapentin, Patrick Meier, Keiko Saito |