This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Women in Panama participated in activities supported by the capacity building program. Photo credit: World Bank   This year’s UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which kicked off last week in…

Kennan Rapp |

This is the second blog in a series on forest livelihoods in Africa. When driving through Sangha and Likouala in the northern part of the Republic of Congo, you cannot help but marvel at the…

Benoît Bosquet |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Green-bond supported wind farm in Penonome, Panama. Photo credit: Alessandra Bazan Testino / IFC  First published by Capital Finance International. Soon the world will celebrate the one-year…

Christian Grossmann |

Photo credit: Lisa Brunzell / Vi Agroforestry   In Kenya, a group of Maasai grandmothers provide an inspiring example of how simple actions can transform societies and how, when empowered, women…

Ellysar Baroudy, Nicholas Soikan |

On March 3rd we will celebrate World Wildlife Day. Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2013, this day raises awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. This year’s theme, "The future of…

Claudia Sobrevila |

As countries prepare to meet at the G20 summit in Turkey next week, global growth and infrastructure needs will be at the top of decision makers’ concerns. And rightly so: Infrastructure – roads,…

Robert Montgomery |

Over the past several weeks, we have made headway in our efforts to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable land use as part of a broader World Bank Group approach to combat climate change.…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Over the past decade, illegal poaching of wildlife has quickly caught up to habitat destruction as a leading cause of wildlife loss in many countries.   Poaching African elephants for ivory…

Samuel Wasser |