Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

When I used to work in Rwanda, I lived on a small street in Kigali. Every time I invited friends over, I would tell them to “walk past the Embassy, look out for the Church, and then continue to…

Linus Pott |

En 2016, los flujos de remesas de los emigrantes a los países en desarrollo ascendieron a USD 440 000 millones, más del triple del volumen de la asistencia oficial para el desarrollo. En muchos…

Dilip Ratha, Supriyo De, Kirsten Schuettler |

Between 1977 and 1997, the World Bank supported “sites and services” projects in 27 cities across India A freshly-minted architect stood staring at a sea of toilets. Row after row of them, on…

Sumila Gulyani |

Un representante de la Unión Europea (EU) evalúa los daños en un edificio de departamentos en Ucrania. Crédito: UE. Es una idea simple pero esencial: las guerras y los desastres están vinculados,…

Francis Ghesquiere |

También disponible en: Inglés   El mes pasado, conocí a una obstetra en India y cuando conversamos le pregunté cuántos partos había atendido. “Después de 10 000 bebés, dejé de contar”, me dijo.…

Amit Jain |

Within the next 30 years, urban populations in developing countries will double and UN-Habitat estimates that around 3 billion people will need housing and basic infrastructure. Already, 70% of…

Parul Agarwala, Syed Usman Javaid |

Many regions and countries face urbanization challenges, South Asia is no exception. Although the region is currently the least urbanized region in the world, its urbanization rate is on par with…

Judy Deng |

According to recent estimates, South Asia is facing a shortage of 38 million housing units, largely affecting low and middle-income households. It comes as no surprise that informal settlements,…

Parul Agarwala |