Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of…

World Bank Data Team |

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing Initiative supports agriculture insurance programs which unlock critical assess to credit for low-income farmers in Kenya, as well as in Uganda and Rwanda. Photo…

Hugo Wesley, Lorenzo Piccio |

Running a local government is not sexy. It’s making sure that roads are maintained, there is water to drink, health clinics are stocked and staffed, and schools are equipped to teach. Often, it…

Marcus Holmlund, Felipe Dunsch |

生活在北京这样一座飞速现代化的城市,我的日常生活在几十年前的人看来就像是一部科幻电影。我用智能手机购买日用品、付餐费、拍照、搭乘地铁以及在陌生的地方导航。 数字技术颠覆了城市发展模式,也改变了人们的日常生活。我常常会想:颠覆性技术将如何重塑城市特别是新兴经济体城市的未来?

Wanli Fang |

As an urban dweller in Beijing, a rapidly modernizing city, my daily life would look like a science-fiction movie for people from just a few decades ago. I use my mobile phone to buy groceries,…

Wanli Fang |

Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

In 2018, Madagascar is said to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Antananarivo is said to be the third dirtiest capital. Some diseases like the plague persist in the country, even in…

Claudia Navalonirina Raobelina |

Photo: Michel Matera/World Bank Planning is a theme in cities as ancient as Rome, Cairo, and Athens to as modern as New York and Singapore. It is used as an instrument to manage collective living…

Salim Rouhana, Michel Matera |

Photo: Michel Matera/Banque mondiale L’aménagement urbain est un enjeu majeur, aussi bien pour des villes anciennes comme Rome, Le Caire ou Athènes, que modernes comme New York ou Singapour. Il…

Salim Rouhana, Michel Matera |