​​Junaid Ahmad,  World Bank Group Senior Director for Water, and Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender,  wrote a blog for Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of World Toilet Day. …

Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Caren Grown |

The most recent data show significant strides in reducing maternal mortality at the national level over the past 20 years.  Improvements in access to maternal health care, especially in skilled…

Haruna Kashiwase |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

Laura Tuck, Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia region for the World Bank, discusses the World Bank's role in assisting Serbia with recovery and reconstruction following recent…

Laura Tuck |

Average economic losses from natural disasters are rising, despite considerable efforts to better manage risk from natural hazards over the last few decades. Data from Munich Re shows a sharp rise…

Rachel Kyte |

Increased hurricane activity and rising sea levels are well-known effects of climate change, and they prompt solemn head-shaking when we read about them in reports. But in the Caribbean they are…

Herbert Samuel, Jonathan Coony |