It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

Major cities across Latin America are taking concrete action to promote cycling and become more bike-friendly. Given the urgent need to reduce emissions from urban transport, this could serve as a…

Leszek J. Sibilski, Felipe Targa |

Photo: Alex Proimos/Flickr Transport has a key part to play in connecting people to the resources they need in order to reach their full potential. In other words, transport and human capital go…

Karla Dominguez Gonzalez, Nathalie Picarelli, Malaika Becoulet |

Photo: LIC/Flickr No matter how you measure it, the impact of air pollution is startling. According to new research, air pollution worldwide cuts life expectancy by 1.8 years for an average person…

Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

Ghana recently held a Family Planning (FP) 2020 stock-taking event as a countdown to the country’s FP 2020 goals and commitment made during the 2012 London summit. The conference, which brought…

Ibironke Folashade Oyatoye |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

The vignette below was originally published in a new joint report from the World Bank, WHO and OECD, Delivering quality health services: A global imperative for universal health coverage.   Eight…

Cecilia Rodríguez |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

This satellite image shows Sao Paolo's estimated “urban areas” based on a WorldPop gridded population layer. Areas in yellow are areas with at least 300 people per km2 and a known settlement…

David Mason |