Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

A local bus in Luxembourg. Photo: Fränz Bous/Flickr As discussions concluded at COP24, countries still struggle to translate their climate commitments into effective and socially acceptable…

Nancy Vandycke, Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

Photo: Pixabay Creative Commons Solar power is experiencing a surge in popularity across the globe. It prevents carbon emissions, helps diversify the power generation mix, reduces dependence on…

Susanne Foerster |

Also available in: Español | Français  Photo: Creativa Images | Shutterstock Critically constrained public resources on the one hand, and huge existing infrastructure needs for basic services on…

Deblina Saha, Abha Joshi-Ghani |

Photo: Felix_Broennimann | Pixabay Creative Commons   Infrastructure is a key driver for growth, employment, and better quality of life in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs). But…

Deblina Saha |

Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank Delivering pension or disability services may sound mundane, but if you have seen the recent award-winning movie,  I, Daniel Blake, it is anything but. As the film…

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti, Aziza Umarova |

When a family of 10 smooth-coated otters appeared in Singapore’s urban downtown of Marina Bay last year, the city was ablaze with excitement and delight. Who would have thought that these otters…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jon Kher Kaw, Fen Wei |

Slideshow: Reimagining a park, a river, and other public spaces in Seoul (Photos by Judy Zheng Jia / World Bank) [[tweetable]]"If you lose the human scale, the city becomes an ugly place,…

Judy Zheng Jia, Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Bidgood, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

About this series More blog posts All climate action is ultimately local. At the center of this is city leadership and engaged citizens. It is estimated that cities are responsible for 2/3 of…

Abha Joshi-Ghani |