I was with the World Bank delegation at the Habitat III Conference in Quito last week, reflecting on the future of cities and speaking at a panel on food security. While there, I could not help…

Francisco Obreque |

Rural areas are changing rapidly, but the shift does not affect women and men in the same way. In the process of rural development and transformation, as employment for both women and men expands…

Vanya Slavchevska, Sanna Liisa Taivalmaa, Susan Kaaria |

Liza (center) with her classmate Recently I met an inspiring student: 12-year-old Song Liza, who told me about her goal of becoming a doctor. Her reasoning is simple: one, because the shortage of…

Saroeun Bou |

Also available in: Français A public faucet that serves 1, 000 families in el Alto, Bolivia. Photo credit: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Small towns* typically have not been well served by…

Fadel Ndaw |

“Don’t waste your time in local breeding programs if someone else can improve the seed for you. We are a small country and cannot afford to reinvent the wheel”. This was the pragmatic advice of a…

Francisco Obreque |

Boat passengers in rural Bangladesh. Photo credit: Erik Nora When my team and I saw this boat passing by us in July 2013 in rural Bangladesh, near the border with Mizoram, Northeast India, and…

Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |

Also available in: Arabic | French | Spanish In 2015 the world saw great momentum for climate action, culminating in a historic agreement in December to cut carbon emissions and contain global…

Andy Shuai Liu |