The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050.

Sameh Wahba |

Clearly, Africa’s strong reform drive is cause for celebration. The sober truth, however, is that the world’s most difficult places for businesses are still largely found in Africa

Hafez Ghanem, Sérgio Pimenta |

Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. Poor people are not only more vulnerable to climate-related shocks, but they also have fewer resources to prevent, cope with, and adapt to disasters. The…

Monica Vidili |

Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia. (Photo: Justin Smith / Flickr CC) Today, we celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites. This year, the day focuses on…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Francesco Bandarin |

Numbers don’t lie. That’s why, in our day-to-day lives, we rely heavily on numbers from household surveys, from national accounts, and from other traditional sources to describe the world around…

Giorgia DeMarchi |

Credit: International Crisis Group [[tweetable]]An estimated 38 million people worldwide are forcefully displaced within the boundaries of their own country.[[/tweetable]] In the majority of cases…

Ifeta Smajic |

With 54 percent of the world’s population now living in urban areas, central and local governments around the globe are faced with both opportunities and challenges. This week, policymakers from…

Mohamad Al-Arief |

In previous articles we discussed why inclusion of sexual minorities is instrumental to the World Bank’s goal of shared prosperity and constitutes smart economics. This piece focuses on how sexual…

Fabrice Houdart, Phil Crehan |

Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) is an interesting region because what you expect is not always what exists. Since this is written in honor of International Women's Day, discussing…

Sarosh Sattar |