The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050.

Sameh Wahba |

Photo credit: Dong Kyu Kwak, World Bank Security of land tenure is directly linked to poverty reduction, economic growth, improved resilience, environmental sustainability, and social stability.…

Dongkyu Kwak |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |

More than 1, 000 years. That’s how long recent estimates suggest it would take in some developing countries to legally register all land – due to the limited number of land surveyors in country…

Linus Pott |

Also available in: Español | Français  [[tweetable]]Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes…[[/tweetable]] [[tweetable]]Access to…

Sameh Wahba, Rafeef Abdel Razek |

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed headlines and slashed price tags. Urban planners are…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

In the previous blog, we discussed how remote sensing techniques could be used to map and inform policymaking in secondary cities, with a practical application in 10 Central American cities. In…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

Public exhibition at Gerezani BRT Station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on October 12, 2017. (Photo: World Bank) Many urban planners may know the success stories of Curitiba, Singapore or London…

Chyi-Yun Huang |

Countries are facing increasingly frequent negative impacts from adverse natural events. Central America, a region prone and vulnerable to disasters, is a clear example. Just from 1992 to 2011,…

Oscar A. Ishizawa, Juan Jose Miranda |

The story of Krib, the top-performing local government in Tunisia   Tunisia’s transformation in the wake of the Arab Spring has been remarkable, and can be seen through a shift in the role and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Ayat Soliman, Ayah Mahgoub, Sabine Beddies |