In Mozambique’s three largest cities (Maputo, Beira, and Nampula), informal businesses—those operating outside formal licensing and registration procedures—outnumber formal firms by a factor of 9…

Filip Jolevski, Gemechu Ayana Aga |

When cyclones strike: massive flooding is a major threat to lives and property in low-lying coastal areas As one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the entire Southern…

Susmita Dasgupta, Brian Blankespoor |

The global economy is constantly exposed to disruptive technologies. Take the example of telecommunications: it was not long ago that everything revolved around landlines. Households would go to…

Sebastian Kriticos |

Also available in Español |Français In 1999, when a few enthusiasts agreed to meet annually in an effort to base interventions on land, on solid empirical evidence rather than ideology, few would…

Klaus Deininger |

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old,”—good advice from innovation and management guru Peter F. Drucker. This approach was key to a PPP we coordinated in one of the…

Malak Draz, Muneer Ferozie |

While the World Bank’s resources for low-income countries have never been greater, they still pale in comparison with these countries’ needs. Governments always need to make hard choices between…

Arnaud Braud, Vincent Launay |

The challenges of electoral democracy are becoming increasingly visible worldwide. Elite capture, corruption and patronage are serious concerns, and the legitimacy of some elections has come under…

Vijayendra Rao, Paromita Sanyal |

Reform leaders who are persuaded by the need to invest in human capital face the challenge of getting thousands of state personnel, who staff myriad government agencies, to deliver. The…

Stuti Khemani |

Time and again, we witness how natural disasters reinforce poverty and other development challenges. Disasters strike countries around the world with alarming frequency – including severe storms,…

Stéphane Hallegatte, Brian Walsh, Jun Erik Rentschler |