COVID-19 has prompted many cities to promote the use of cycling, which makes it easier for commuters to comply with social distancing rules. But bicycles have the potential to be much more than a…

Leszek J. Sibilski |

Simultaneously a health crisis, social crisis, and economic crisis, COVID-19 is laying bare how well cities are planned and managed. Its impact is showing the extent to which each city is able to…

Sameh Wahba, Jan Vapaavuori |

Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it.

Dalal Moosa, Federica Saliola |

The global locust crisis is forcing governments to fight on two fronts.

Holger Kray, Shobha Shetty |

If there is a single lesson to draw from the pandemic, it is that transparency in public information can save lives and improve economic outcomes, by enhancing societal trust in the state.

Ferid Belhaj |

Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic…

Ferid Belhaj |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Investing in and protecting human capital is a key element of the first institution-wide strategy on fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) of the World Bank Group. Health is a critical element of…

Muhammad Ali Pate, Franck Bousquet |

There was a palpable energy buzzing in the room as a group of women and children gathered around to learn more about the power of electricity and solar access in rural Hadramout, in central…

Samantha Constant, Elisabeth Maier |

Profiles of women reformers making it easier to do business around the world

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |