This page in: Français Credit: Tracy Ben/ Shutterstock “At 14:28:04 on May 12, 2008, an 8.0 earthquake struck suddenly, shaking the earth, with mountains and rivers shifted, devastated, and parted…

Sameh Wahba, Luis Benveniste |

Many countries are experiencing urbanization within the context of increased decentralization and fiscal adjustment. This puts sub-national entities (local governments, utilities and state-owned…

Kirti Devi, Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

Photo: Deutsche Welle | Flickr Creative Commons  As in many regions, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are underinvesting in infrastructure—spending in the sector is only about half of…

Gastón Astesiano |

A field survey team for the qualitative study holding a focus group discussion with women in one of the SHD project communities. Photo credit: World Bank In Nepali, “Sunaula Hazar Din” means, “…

Kaori Oshima, Manav Bhattarai |

Also available in: Español Photo: Ministerio de Defensa del Perú/Flickr The rains in northern Peru have been 10 times stronger than usual this year, leading to floods, landslides and a declaration…

Irene Portabales González, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Montserrat Bordas Geli |

What is your dream? Many people living in Peru dream of having a safe, well-built, multi-use bathroom that includes an adjacent area for a shower with a nice shower curtain and mirror and is…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

Globally 2.9 million people died from household air pollution in 2015, caused by cooking over foul, smoky fires from solid fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and agricultural crop…

Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Bjorn Klavdy Larsen |

The suburban train system in Mumbai is used by millions of women and men everyday, who rely on safe transport to access education and job opportunities.  Last week, I took a journey on Mumbai’s…

Annette Dixon, Joe Qian |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,…

Derek Headey |

When seeking to engage private partners, one thinks of large, high-cost national infrastructure projects. But subnational governments are also effectively partnering with the private sector by…

Sara Perea Sigrist, Angelica M. Toro |