Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

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 Gapihan, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

© Andrea Borgarello/World Bank Last year, over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change. At the…

Julia Bucknall, James Close |

Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. —James Heckman Investments in the early years of children’s lives and in…

Harry A. Patrinos |

[[tweetable]]If climate change were a jigsaw puzzle, cities would be a key piece right at the center of it. [[/tweetable]]This was reinforced by more than 100 countries worldwide, which…

Stephen Hammer |

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s observation that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  For many of us, we could also add physical disability…

Chris Bennett |

There are few better ways to reveal whether a government’s rhetoric matches reality than examining how it raises and spends public money. Are funds being spent on the things it said they would be…

Paolo de Renzio |

So far, 2016 has been a year filled with challenges and uncertainties. Global economic growth is weak, commodity prices remain low, and international trade isn’t picking up. In fact, voters around…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Photo: Boonchuay1970/Shutterstock Reported figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on food loss and food waste highlight its importance to the global…

John Morton |