To some, artificial intelligence is a mysterious term that sparks thoughts of robots and supercomputers. But the truth is machine learning algorithms and their applications, while potentially…

Giuseppe Molinario, Vivien Deparday |

Also available in: Español | Français  | 中文  Machine learning algorithms are excellent at answering “yes” or “no” questions. For example, they can scan huge datasets and correctly tell us: Does…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Luis Triveno |

Photo: Tony Salas | Flickr Creative Commons In my home state of California in the United States, major drought-fueled wildfires tore across the state in the latter half of 2017 setting records for…

Sunny Kaplan |

Around 250 million migrants currently live outside their countries of birth, making up approximately 3.5 percent of the world population. Despite the widespread perception of a global migration…

Caglar Ozden |

"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending…

Xavier Devictor, Quy-Toan Do |

A partner from the EU assesses damage to an apartment building in Ukraine. Photo credit: EU It’s a simple yet essential idea: war and disaster are linked, and these links must be examined to…

Francis Ghesquiere |

It's been a snowy winter—not only here in Washington D.C., but also in places I travel, namely Jerusalem and Amman. The past week, the snowmelt runoff into Rock Creek in D.C. has been a sight…

Tracy Hart |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @shomik_raj and @canaless   Recently, as part of a broader cost cutting initiative, World Bank management decided to do away with a long standing policy of…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Diego Canales |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @shomik_raj and @cataochoa   Smartphone apps are bringing massive changes to the taxi industry in ways that urban transport has not seen in a long while. From the US…

Shomik Mehndiratta, María Catalina Ochoa |

It’s not often that the Mayor of Kabul visits Washington DC. So when Mohammad Younis Nawandish was invited to participate in a panel discussion on green growth as part of The World Bank’s Urban…

Rana Amirtahmasebi |