Our planet is undergoing a process of rapid urbanization, and the next few decades will see unprecedented growth in urban areas, including in urban infrastructure. Most of the growth will take…

Maninder Gill, Vincent Roquet |

Photo: Alex Wynter/Flickr In 2015, severe floods washed away a series of bridges in Mozambique’s Nampula province, leaving several small villages completely isolated. Breslau, a local engineer and…

Julie Rozenberg, Cecilia Briceño-Garmendia, Xavier Espinet |

Also available in: Español | Français | 中文 The modern tramway system in Rabat Salé, Morocco. Photo: LukaKikina/Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a victim…

Jose Luis Irigoyen, Shomik Mehndiratta |

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 |

This is part of a series of blogs focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and data from the 2016 Edition of World Development Indicators.  This blog draws on data from the World Bank’s Rural…

Edie Purdie, Adam Diehl, Atsushi Iimi |

Mapping gravel roads in flood-prone areas amidst talk of guerrilla ambushes was not what I had imagined when I signed up as a climate change specialist for the World Bank.  But if my first trip to…

Xavier Espinet |

Photo Credit: Arne Hoel/World Bank Following a long tradition of economists, the newly-elected government in Benin can gain inspiration from geography. For economist Jeffrey Sachs, university…

Jacques Morisset |

  Modern factories, seaport terminals, and technical schools, plus priceless cultural monuments: Tangier, Morocco In late 2014, the World Bank’s Competitive Cities team visited the Moroccan city…

Z. Joe Kulenovic |

  Global warming can be limited by reducing or avoiding greenhouse gases stemming from human activities - particularly in the energy, industry, transport, and building sectors—which together…

Zhihong Zhang |

[[tweetable]]Education is one of the surest means to end extreme poverty in our time.[[/tweetable]] Yet, 121 million children today remain out of school. These young people are the hardest to…

Jim Yong Kim |