Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of…

World Bank Data Team |

Sushila Devi, a mother of four in the rural Rohtas district of Bihar, India, has no significant assets and depends primarily on casual labor for income. She recently was able to take out a bank…

Vinay Kumar Vutukuru, Mohini Kak, Sitaramachandra Machiraju, Paramveer Singh |

In the village of Bharsauta in Uttar Pradesh, India, construction worker Vishwanath lives with his wife, four children and their elderly parents. Three years ago, the government paid to build a…

Vandana Mehra |

Child using a latrine in Rajasthan.  Photo credit: World Bank [[tweetable]]Almost 600 million Indians living in rural areas defecate in the open[[/tweetable]]. To meet the ambitious targets of the…

Joep Verhagen |

We've just launched a new, pilot global subnational population database featuring time series population estimates for 75 countries at the first-level administrative divisions (provinces,…

Dereje Ketema Wolde, Emi Suzuki |

Imagine you are a busy mother scrubbing your laundry next to the public water stand near your yard. You realize your two year old — who is playing in the dirt — has to go to the toilet. What do…

Emily C. Rand, Louise Maule, Libbet Loughnan |

Today marks the second annual UN World Toilet Day, an important opportunity to promote global efforts to achieve universal access to sanitation by 2030. With a focus on equality and dignity, this…

Water Communications |

The most recent data show significant strides in reducing maternal mortality at the national level over the past 20 years.  Improvements in access to maternal health care, especially in skilled…

Haruna Kashiwase |

También disponible en español Today is No Tobacco Day, a moment in time when we’re supposed to remind ourselves of the many evils smoking brings upon us both as individuals and as member of…

Joana Godinho |