Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Along the beach in Mondouku, Côte d'Ivoire, a group of fishermen have just returned with their catch. Many of them come from neighboring Ghana, and they tell us that they come to the Ivorian…

Margaret Arnold, Paivi Koskinen-Lewis |

As a country that is particularly vulnerable to flooding, Malawians know that they cannot halt the forces of nature, but they can prepare and plan for their impacts – and they did. Supported by…

Vivien Deparday |

What would be a game-changer for achieving some of the world’s most difficult goals — such as ending poverty and hunger and making sure every child gets a quality education? Billionaire…

Donna Barne |

About this series More blog posts Every 2 to 7 years, the cyclical warming of Pacific Ocean waters triggers a global pattern of weather changes that can be felt across many different parts of the…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Christoph Pusch |

Specialists in Sri Lanka receive training on the InaSafe risk assessment platform. © World Bank ​​When I first heard about OpenStreetMap (OSM) – the so called Wikipedia of maps, built by…

Alanna Simpson |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

  By Stéphane Hallegatte, Mook Bangalore, and Francis Samson Nkoka Malawi is no stranger to significant flooding. In January 2012, floods affected more than 10, 000 people and caused US$3 million…

Stéphane Hallegatte |

Having an identity is part of living in a modern society, and the key to accessing public services, bank accounts, and jobs. But how should developing countries with tight budgets go about…

Donna Barne |

Leaders of the three hardest-hit countries in West Africa issued a plea for help battling Ebola at a high-level meeting on the crisis Thursday on the eve of the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings.

Donna Barne |