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 |

Dwifina Sandra, Class 9, SLB Bhakti Pertiwi School, Yogyakarta Also co-authored with Dea Widyastuty, Operations Analyst, the World Bank Water Global Practice; Trimo Pamudji Al Djono, Consultant,…

George Soraya, Dikshya Thapa |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

When the Bank did its first social assistance public expenditure review in Indonesia in 2012, the diagnosis was clear. Despite spending significant amount of resources in “welfare”, most of them…

Pablo Acosta |

School girls in Berastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia. © Axel Drainville via Creative Commons In 1978, we both started our high school education in our home city of Semarang. Our alma mater is…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Retno Marsudi |

When first-time homeowner Dewi moved into her new house in the Yogyakarta area a year ago, thanks to a government subsidy program, she thought: everything is perfect.   Well, not quite. Located an…

Dao Harrison |

Photo: Ashim D'silva | Unsplash  From “Billions to Trillions”, to the Hamburg Principles and Ambitions, to Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD), [[tweetable]]mobilizing private capital to…

Towfiqua Hoque |

A man holds his family's "red book, " the land use rights certificate in Vietnam, which includes both his and his wife's names. (Photo by Chau Doan / World Bank) Ground-…

Jorge Muñoz |

We know that fiscal policy can be harnessed to reduce inequality in low- and middle-income countries, but until now, we knew less about its ability to reduce poverty. Our recent volume looks at…

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig |

Can innovation be more than just a gimmick? © DFID [[tweetable]]Challenges in development are growing at unprecedented rates, driven by complex human crises[[/tweetable]]: refugees, rapid and…

Alanna Simpson |