The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating lives and livelihoods globally. Before the pandemic, the World Bank projected that 35 million people in East Asia and the Pacific would escape poverty in 2020…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is becoming increasingly urban. Today, over half of the population lives in cities; by 2045, the centenary of Indonesia's…

Sameh Wahba, Kurt Kunz, Mark Roberts |

New World Bank report titled “Time to ACT: Realizing Indonesia’s Urban Potential” explores Indonesia’s urbanization in terms of prosperity, inclusiveness, and livability. It introduces a new…

Frederico Gil Sander, Mark Roberts, Sailesh Tiwari |

How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of…

World Bank Data Team |

Another year has passed, and we are only 11 years away from the goalpost of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030). [[tweetable]]It is high time to reflect a bit on where we are…

Steffen Janus, Philip E. Karp |

Before joining the World Bank, I worked as an urban designer and often provided advice on how the design of proposed developments could be more accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, many…

Jian Vun, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

How would you define the area of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta?   a: Simply using the administrative boundaries of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta? b: Based on the extent and density of…

Mark Roberts, Maarten Bosker, Jane Park |

More than 150 people participated in the SotM Africa conference in 2017. (Courtesy of SotM Africa) There is a unique space where you can encounter everyone from developers of self-driving cars in…

Vivien Deparday, Jocelyn Michele West, Mira Lilian Gupta |