After months of preparation, the Sanitation Hackathon weekend is upon us.In dozens of countries around the world, IT and sanitation experts will join forces for an intensive brainstorming and…

Sanitation Hackathon Team |

There aren't that many development initiatives I know that have their own slickly produced video, sponsored by a major corporation, let alone a parody. But the "girl effect," which…

Markus Goldstein |

They both hold the potential to help meet the needs of the poor and end poverty. New ideas and innovative solutions are critical to address the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

As the World Bank Group, we are dedicated to a world free of poverty. Poverty has many manifestations, of course, but few are sadder than child hunger and malnutrition. It is not just the heart-…

John Stein |

Find a good longread on development? Tweet it to @worldbank with the hashtag #longreads. Food crisis warnings are getting louder, with many urging action to head off a repeat of 2007-08’s soaring…

Donna Barne |

This week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week, an occasion to remind ourselves of the important role that optimal infant and young child feeding plays in the healthy growth and development of…

Julie Ruel-Bergeron |

The question was on the pros and cons of HIV/AIDS funding and the tools were sharp insights and passionate views as some of the most influential figures in the fight against AIDS and poverty…

Donna Barne |

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 |

While participating in a study of HIV spending efficiency in South Africa, I met a young HIV-positive mother who had just received the joyful news that her new-born daughter was healthy and HIV-…

Patrick Osewe |

The quest for an accurate, timely and affordable medical diagnosis remains elusive in many developing countries.  In East Africa, laboratories are often poorly staffed; ill-equipped; and lack…

Miriam Schneidman |