Differentiating between effective and nominal access A couple of months ago, one of our urban development colleagues wrote about the gap between effective and nominal access to water…

Tatiana Peralta Quiros, Camila Rodriguez |

One woman is victimized by violence every 15 seconds in Brazil, with a total of 23% of all Brazilian women experiencing violence in their lifetime. There are many notable consequences affecting…

Kristin Kay Gundersen, Jamila Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki, Daniela Knauth, Regina Barbosa |

"We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes—and every one of them was an immigrant, " U.S. President Barack Obama recently said after the Nobel…

Bassam Sebti |

Forever Young: Southern Africa’s Demographic Opportunity There has been an increase in attention on Africa’s changing population. Academics, development organizations and the media (among others,…

Lucilla Maria Bruni, Jamele Rigolini, Sara Troiano |

About this series More blog posts [[tweetable]]Each year, about half a million people are killed by intentional homicide. [[/tweetable]]That means one life is lost to violence per minute worldwide…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Markus Kostner |

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s observation that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  For many of us, we could also add physical disability…

Chris Bennett |

Poor “Cariocas” living in the periphery of the Rio Metropolitan Region spend a very long time commuting. People from the city’s outskirts travel, on average, almost 90 minutes a day to and from…

Daniel Pulido, Fatima Arroyo Arroyo |

  Just fourteen projects in energy, transport and water/sanitation.  In only eight countries. Totaling $2.7 billion.   There are 56 IDA countries (excluding three “inactive” and a few rich enough…

Laurence Carter |

Photo: Scott Wallace / World Bank As many as one billion children under the age of 18 experience some form of violence every year. This exposure is not only a violation of child rights; it can…

Matthew H. Morton |

  Blog #1: Five key drivers of reducing poverty in India India is uniquely placed to drive global poverty reduction. The country is home to the largest number of poor people in the world, as well…

Onno Ruhl, Ana Revenga |