On any rational cost-benefit basis, investing in preparedness, whether for pandemics or natural hazards, is possibly one of the best investments any country can make. A dollar spent on…

Abhas Jha |

According to the World Bank’s What a Waste 2.0 report, waste generation is expected to grow by 70% by 2050, while our global population is expected to grow at less than half of that rate.

Sameh Wahba, Silpa Kaza, Kremena M. Ionkova |

City leaders will gather again at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Tokyo, Japan, to continue their conversations and further unlock cities’ tremendous potential in driving inclusive, resilient, and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Horacio Cristian Terraza |

By 2050, waste generation is projected to increase by 70 percent and drastically outpace population growth by more than double. Managing all that waste is becoming an important agenda for many…

Sameh Wahba, Frank Van Woerden, Kremena M. Ionkova |

Ponto-cho Alley, Kyoto. (Barbara Minguez Garcia / World Bank, 2016)   It is 7:45 p.m. in Ponto-cho, the historic narrow alley at the core of the Japanese city of Kyoto. Close to the Kaburenjo…

Barbara Minguez Garcia, James P. Newman |

Over a year ago, national and city leaders from around the world gathered at the Habitat III conference in Quito to endorse the New Urban Agenda, which sets a new global standard for sustainable…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Sameh Wahba |

Also available in: Español | 中文 Credit: Lois Goh/ World Bank [[tweetable]]Modernity’s most common story spanning national, cultural and religious borders is about people moving from rural areas to…

Luis Triveno, Elkin Velasquez Monsalve |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

When I used to work in Rwanda, I lived on a small street in Kigali. Every time I invited friends over, I would tell them to “walk past the Embassy, look out for the Church, and then continue to…

Linus Pott |