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 |

We are all too familiar with these figures: on average, only 50% of the population in Latin America is connected to sewerage and 30% of those households receive any treatment. These figures are...

Diego Juan Rodriguez |

Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by Salah-Eddine Kandri, the Global Sector Lead for education at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).   According to a report from McKinsey, about 60...

Salah-Eddine Kandri |

There has been a doubling in the number of developing countries that provide social safety programs to their citizens. What is causing this shift? Photo: Mohammad Al-Arief/World Bank Social safety...

Michal Rutkowski |

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 |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the...

Michael Crawford |

Also available in: 中文 ​While the need for housing is widespread, individually people have different needs—depending on whether they are single, married, senior citizens, families with children, or...

Luis Triveno, Ellen Hamilton |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,...

Derek Headey |

By the early 2000s, Peru faced serious environmental problems. Air pollution in urban areas was so severe that it caused thousands of premature deaths every year. In fact, air quality in Lima was...

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana |