A massive storm system brought historic flooding across South Eastern Europe in 2014, causing more than $2 billion in damages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and shrinking Serbia’s economy by nearly a…

Daniel Werner Kull, Michael Staudinger |

Photo: CIF Action/Flickr For most of us, watching the weather forecast on TV is an ordinary, risk-free and occasionally entertaining activity. The weatherman even makes jokes! But when your income…

Diego Arias |

In Mali, residents of Timbuktu take part in the maintenance of the Djingareyber Mosque, a World Heritage Site, applying traditional repair techniques. (Tiecoura Ndaou / UN Photo) Imagine a city…

Sameh Wahba, Barbara Minguez Garcia |

Also available in: Português Photo: Ricardo Giaviti/Flickr Over the past three years and a half, our team has been working on a transport project with the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The project…

Frederico Pedroso, Joaquin Toro, Eric Lancelot |

Across the Europe and Central Asia region today, policymakers are confronted daily with a wide range of development challenges and decisions, but the potential impacts of adverse natural events…

Alanna Simpson, Joaquin Toro |

Photo Credit: Kathleen Bence via Flickr Creative Commons I’ve been looking for a good definition of social enterprise. The information overlords at Google and Wikipedia suggested this: “A social…

John Kjorstad |

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 |

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.   “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting, ” she said.   Naturally…

Amit Jain |

Ellen Goldstein, The World Bank's Regional Director for Eastern Europe, talks about the Bank's response to devastating floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina. [[avp asset="/content/dam/…

Ellen Goldstein |

Also available in: Español | Français | العربية At the UN climate talks that ended wearily on Saturday night in Warsaw, negotiators showed little appetite for making firm climate finance…

Rachel Kyte |