The concept of Sustainable Development is not new to the development world. Everyone is familiar with the framework of 17 SDGs and their targets. To put the idea of sustainable and inclusive…

Talita Pessoa, Katie Kennedy Freeman |

Co-authors: Osama Hamad, Lead Water Supply & Sanitation Specialist, World Bank Water Global Practice Heba Yaken Aref Ahmed, Operations Analyst, World Bank Water Global Practice Sara Mohamed…

Gustavo Saltiel |

In Gaza, the drinking water tastes like seawater. Years of neglect and poor management, due in large part to recurring conflicts, has led to the steady depletion of Gaza’s natural aquifer. The…

Anders Jagerskog, Pasquale Steduto |

© Dominic Chavez/World Bank India’s state of Chhattisgarh faced a daunting challenge in the mid-2000s. About half of its public food distribution was leaked, meaning that it never reached the…

Ugo Gentilini, Harold Alderman, Ruslan Yemtsov |

Engaging with citizens to obtain their views on the quality of service and the responsiveness of governmental bodies is uncommon in Egypt. The water and sanitation sector is no exception. Planning…

Amal Faltas |

Much work remains to be done to ensure reliable electricity access for Africa's citizens. A number of complications are making it difficult to achieve this UN Sustainable Development Goal.…

Charles Feinstein |

For a small economy like Uruguay, integration into the global marketplace is one of the most powerful vehicles for growth and development. Participating actively in international trade allows…

Gonzalo Varela |

Cattle tagged through Uruguay’s national system for livestock information. Photo: Holger A. Kray/World Bank Imagine if you could know where your steak was born, and all of the details about its…

Katie Kennedy Freeman, Raquel Orejas |

Turkey has radically transformed its land title registration system, and decreased the turnaround time for recording property transactions to just two hours. I just returned from Turkey where I…

Wael Zakout |

Reducing risk is the only way for community joint-ventures to get serious with commercial banks. Without commercial finance, this niche tourism sector might never deliver on its potential. Photo:…

Hermione Nevill |