As the world urbanizes rapidly, cities continue to be the physical and social base for people’s prosperity and nature’s sustainability. In recent years, the idea of “smart cities” has grown more…

Myunggu Kang |

Evidence is clear that climate change is changing weather patterns, increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme weather events. Unfortunately, those in the poorest communities are…

Ivan Bruce |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |

From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Nielsen |

Areas affected by the August 2017 mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Photos: Robert Reid and Ivan Bruce / World Bank) On August 14, 2017, after three days of intense rain, a massive side slope…

Alvaro Federico Barra, Ivelisse Justiniano |

Across the disaster risk management community, there is growing recognition that protecting cultural heritage is fundamental to urban resilience. Traditional knowledge embedded in cultural…

Barbara Minguez Garcia, Lorenzo Piccio |

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Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Francis Ghesquiere |

Ponto-cho Alley, Kyoto. (Barbara Minguez Garcia / World Bank, 2016)   It is 7:45 p.m. in Ponto-cho, the historic narrow alley at the core of the Japanese city of Kyoto. Close to the Kaburenjo…

Barbara Minguez Garcia, James P. Newman |

Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala, one of Central America’s most active volcanos, spews ash and lava flows in January 2018, just 70 kilometers west of Guatemala City. Image credit: NASA We live in an…

Jon Mikel Walton, Yann Kerblat, Sumati Rajput |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |