In a world of climate change and headline-grabbing cyclones, El Niño is one of the most unspoken climate risks in East Asia and the Pacific.

William R. Sutton, Xinyu Weng |

Here are 7 things you need to know about taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

Ceren Ozer |

The inspiring slogan of the UN Climate Change conference COP23 “Uniting for Climate Action – Further Faster Together” still reverberates in my daily thoughts. The World Bank Group partnered with…

Max Thabiso Edkins |

Global action on climate change to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals was a key message delivered by the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea at the United Nations High…

Max Thabiso Edkins |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World…

Zahid Hasnain |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

There are few better ways to reveal whether a government’s rhetoric matches reality than examining how it raises and spends public money. Are funds being spent on the things it said they would be…

Paolo de Renzio |

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 |

Local leaders have turned to OpenStreetMaps (OSM), and use targeted drone tracking to document road needs and investment progress.  Photo: Kai Kaiser Amazon is promising to deliver goods with…

Kai Kaiser |

See high resolution here. While countries around the world reap the benefits of an expanding digital environment, development challenges persist, adversely impacting low-income countries from…

Gina Martinez, Boris Rumenov Balabanov |