Community members from Nepal learn how to make paper jewelry crafts from Ibasho-Japan members.  (Photo: Margaret Arnold / World Bank) In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April…

Margaret Arnold |

Also available in: Russian The “miracle pine, ” a 250-year-old tree that survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan, has been preserved as a memorial to the 19, 000 victims of the disaster. (Photo via…

Ko Takeuchi |

Following the massive earthquake in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, in 2006, the city and surrounding areas were faced with having to build or rehabilitate about 300-thousand homes. The government had the…

George Soraya |

This post by John Roome originally appeared on Huffington Post Japan on June 28, 2016. Just consider a few simple statistics. On average, more than 1, 000 lives are lost every year in the…

John Roome |

Upon completion of the MOSE project in 2018, a series of flood gates between Venice's Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea will protect the city from high tide and storm surges. Credit: NASA Venice…

Linh X. Le |

Hurricane Patricia. Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory [[tweetable]] We’re witnessing an unprecedented uptick in record-breaking storms.[[/tweetable]] In October last year, Hurricane Patricia…

John Roome |

Surrounded by water, Nanngu’s taps have been without drinking water for the past 20 years. With the throttle at full tilt, the boat cut through the surf, spraying salt water into the air.  Around…

Evan Wasuka |

Photo credit: Diego Charlón Sánche Just consider some statistics. It’s estimated some one point four million people move to cities every week. And by 2050, we will add nearly 2.5 billion people to…

John Roome |

Photo: Eugene Phoen/Flickr We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”. But did you know that cities…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

About this series More blog posts To help clients achieve their development objectives, the World Bank has established knowledge-sharing "hubs" in countries that have gained valuable…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Keiko Sakoda, Daniel Levine |