In 1996, Chongqing’s per capita GDP was US$550. Twenty years later, it has grown 14 times to almost US$9,000, and the city has transitioned out of heavy industry: one in three laptops worldwide…

Xueman Wang |

City leaders will gather again at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Tokyo, Japan, to continue their conversations and further unlock cities’ tremendous potential in driving inclusive, resilient, and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Horacio Cristian Terraza |

Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000…

Sameh Wahba, Valerie-Joy Santos, Rodica Tomescu-Olariu |

In March 2019, the World Bank and several other development organizations launched “Stand For Her Land, ” a global advocacy campaign that aims to realize women’s equal access to land and…

Wael Zakout |

In the summer of 1742, two typhoons swept across Japan in quick succession, bringing torrents of heavy rain and flooding major rivers. Records from a young monk who witnessed the floods describe a…

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe |

[[tweetable]]​Chongqing, the largest municipality in China, is investing in sustainable urban growth.[[/tweetable]] As China transitions from pursuing high-speed growth at any cost to a growth…

Xueman Wang, Peter Calthorpe |

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old,”—good advice from innovation and management guru Peter F. Drucker. This approach was key to a PPP we coordinated in one of the…

Malak Draz, Muneer Ferozie |

Today on Global Waste Picker Day, we explore the problem of solid waste management in the Gaza Strip and how it is compounded by poverty, unemployment, and severe restrictions imposed on residents…

Amal Faltas |

By 2050, waste generation is projected to increase by 70 percent and drastically outpace population growth by more than double. Managing all that waste is becoming an important agenda for many…

Sameh Wahba, Frank Van Woerden, Kremena M. Ionkova |

Photo: The central square of the old town. Brasov. Transylvania. By Ann Stryzhekin/ Shutterstock When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yokohama in 1854, it was a backwater village in Japan…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Yuko Okazawa |