Photo: UNMISS/Flickr Humanitarian and development efforts serve two distinct and complementary objectives. Humanitarian work focuses on responding to emergency situations in the immediate…

Priya Chopra |

We are approaching the end of year two of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2015, global leaders from 193 countries set a 15-year deadline – by the year 2030 – to…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Challenge funds can help harness technology for development – here, a team from the international Water Management Institute (IWMI) shows off an open source mobile weather station developed for…

Amal Ali, Emma Phillips |

A woman tends to plants in a nursery in Sri Lanka. © Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank [[tweetable]]We face global challenges on an unprecedented scale[[/tweetable]]: climate change, natural disasters…

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Kristalina Georgieva |

History repeats, history rhymes and sometimes history regresses. Wandering through cities and fields in the Middle East and North Africa a thousand years ago, you would have been struck by the…

Torgny Holmgren |

Haiti map after the 2010 earthquake. Over 450 OpenStreetMap volunteers from an estimated 29 countries digitized roads, landmarks and buildings to assist with disaster response and reconstruction.…

Dana Rawls |

Photo: Caroline Weimann/Siemens Stiftung This past February, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta officially declared the drought in his country a national disaster. No rain had fallen for months in…

Caroline Weimann |

View the full infographic here For the past two years, the rains have been poor in Somalia. What comes next is tragically familiar. Dry wells. Dying livestock. Failed harvests. Migration.  Masses…

Claudia W. Sadoff, Dominick Revell de Waal, Edoardo Borgomeo |

To understand why innovation in fecal sludge management matters, ask yourself this: In 15 years, when almost 5 billion people are using on-site sanitation, solutions like pit latrines and septic…

Krishna Chaitanya Rao |

Kakuma refugee camp, in northwestern Kenya’s Turkana County, houses over 150, 000 refugees. The majority are South Sudanese followed by Somalis. Established in 1992 in one of Kenya’s most remote…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |