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 |

If you skimmed the news this year, 2017 may have seemed like a tough year for climate change.   The US and the Caribbean endured a devastating hurricane season. People across Africa felt the…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Two years ago,  more than 180 countries gathered in Paris to sign a landmark climate agreement to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow, on December 12, 2017, exactly…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Sameh Wahba |

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 |

We are approaching the end of year two of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2015, global leaders from 193 countries set a 15-year deadline – by the year 2030 – to…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

A woman tends to plants in a nursery in Sri Lanka. © Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank [[tweetable]]We face global challenges on an unprecedented scale[[/tweetable]]: climate change, natural disasters…

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Kristalina Georgieva |

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 |

© Flore de Préneuf/World Bank The more we know about our rapidly changing environment, climate, and demographics, the more we learn about how critical forests are for our resilience, overall…

Werner Kornexl |