Simultaneously a health crisis, social crisis, and economic crisis, COVID-19 is laying bare how well cities are planned and managed. Its impact is showing the extent to which each city is able to…

Sameh Wahba, Jan Vapaavuori |

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 |

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 |

More than 1, 000 years. That’s how long recent estimates suggest it would take in some developing countries to legally register all land – due to the limited number of land surveyors in country…

Linus Pott |

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 |

As the world urbanizes rapidly, [[tweetable]]international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places[[/tweetable]] – it is estimated that…

Sameh Wahba, Judy Zheng Jia |

[[avp asset="/content/dam/videos/ecrgp/2018/jun-20/understanding_risk_forum_hd.flv"]]/content/dam/videos/ecrgp/2018/jun-20/understanding_risk_forum_hd.flv[[/avp]] Natural disasters made…

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 |