When a disaster strikes, such as a hurricane or a major earthquake, relief efforts are often hampered by destroyed or damaged ground infrastructure, mostly roads, bridges, and railway networks. In…

Charles E. Schlumberger |

Almost two weeks ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States, the importance of sustainable transport--which is the field I work in--really came home to me.  I was in New…

Virginia Tanase |

También disponible en español y francés Alphonsine and her three children walk over 10 hours a week just to meet their basic need for drinking water. The journey is best done in the early hours of…

Victoria Flamant |

También disponible en español y en francésThe tree provides shade but scant respite from the heat. Chantal, four months pregnant, has just returned from washing her family’s clothes in the nearby…

Maryanne Sharp, Erik Josephson |

Now that the XIX International AIDS Conference is in full swing this week in Washington, DC, it’s worth reflecting not only on past achievements but on future challenges.As recounted by Dr. Peter…

Patricio V. Marquez |

También disponible en español, portuguese, francésOver the past two decades the region has significantly raised the level of the conversation and awareness around the issue, developing national…

Keith Hansen, Carmen Carpio |

People from Zulo Village, in the Zumalai sub-district, are going to market on foot due to landslides.In May this year, Timor-Leste marked a decade of its independence by celebrating much progress…

Joao dos Santos |

On June 5, the World Bank will host an event focused on the ongoing relationship between Brazil and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event will be web streamed. Panelists will discuss Brazil’s…

Susana Carrillo |

New estimates released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Bank show that the…

Samuel Mills, Emi Suzuki |

Disponible également en français et espagnol “Should only men be allowed to be builders, heavy machinery drivers, or electricians? No—I want to be able to do these jobs too.” The young woman…

Olivier Puech, Aude-Sophie Rodella |