Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

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 |

My job brought me and my family to Lima, Peru 11 months ago. In case you have never visited Lima before, Lima is in many ways, a lovely city – it has fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean (you can…

Zoe Elena Trohanis |

Photo: Alex Wynter/Flickr In 2015, severe floods washed away a series of bridges in Mozambique’s Nampula province, leaving several small villages completely isolated. Breslau, a local engineer and…

Julie Rozenberg, Cecilia Briceño-Garmendia, Xavier Espinet |

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 |