Last year, the world’s cities generated more than two billion tonnes of solid waste. For developed cities with effective waste management systems in place, this is an easy stat to ignore. Once…

Eric Dickson |

Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

In June 2015, after two days of heavy rain, flood water washed away Sarah’s small store in Accra, which provided for her family of three (1). The flood that hit the city in June 2015 affected…

Stéphane Hallegatte, Alvina Erman |

For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to be the World Bank’s resident economist for Mauritius and Seychelles. With this now coming to an end, here are some especially striking…

Alex Sienaert |

Advances in earth observation, computing power, and connectivity have tremendous potential to help governments, and us at the World Bank, support better land management, and ultimately reduce…

Klaus Deininger |

A Ghanaian carpenter shapes wood for a coffin in his workshop. ©Jonathan Ernst/World Bank The inaugural Annual Bank Conference on Africa examined strategies for converting economic growth into…

Gareth Austin |

During the 1990s and 2000s, nearly two dozen African countries proposed de jure land reforms extending access to formal, freehold land tenure to millions of poor households, but many of these…

LTD Editors |

Let's think together: Every Sunday the World Bank in Tanzania in collaboration with The Citizen wants to stimulate your thinking by sharing data from recent official surveys in Tanzania and…

Waly Wane, Jacques Morisset, Isis Gaddis |