What if your shopping sprees could make both you and society happy? That every time you bought your favorite clothes, you also benefitted the poor and the environment? Some Japanese companies are…

Saori Imaizumi |

As the 2012 Annual Meetings opened Thursday, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim held a press briefing and fielded questions on a range of topics including the role of emerging economies, food…

Maureen Hoch |

On a grassy coastal plain near Sendai, Japan, stands a symbol of survival. The four-story school house was the tallest building in the neighborhood of 980 homes, where children once played and…

Donna Barne |

Whether Jobs in the Middle East and North Africa and the freedom to prosper or the ‘What Will It Take to End Poverty’ campaign being championed by Jim Yong Kim, or the views of Japanese union…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |

SENDAI, JAPAN | When natural disasters hit, the bonds of community are what fuel the push to rebuild.Governments and others should help instill resiliency into the social fabric of communities –…

Ravi Kumar |

Read this post in Español, Français, عربي Looking at communities across our planet, there is a brutal lack of resilience in our modern lives. Cities have expanded without careful planning into…

Rachel Kyte |

At a fishing enclave called Baie des Anges on Guinea Conakry's Atlantic coast, the country's development challenges are laid bare. In this make-shift settlement shrouded with blue…

Phil Hay |

Find a good longread on development? Tweet it to @worldbank with the hashtag #longreads. Drought, food prices, and global warming remain hot topics as crops in the United States wilt under the hot…

Donna Barne |

It is hard to talk about South Asia without invoking its demographics. The region will contribute nearly 40 percent of the growth in the world’s working age (15-64) population, and will need to…

Mabruk Kabir |

The Japanese phrase “Shikata ga nai (仕方がない)  -loosely translated as "it can't be helped" -captures the essence of the resilience and sense of duty towards one’s community that the…

Abhas Jha |