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 |

Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries (44.5% of poverty incidence in 2014). The country faces a number of challenges in meeting the national (PROSEHA, the National Program for sustainable…

Taibou Adamou Maiga |

Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[…

Juergen Voegele, John Roome |

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 |

Photo: Marius Godoi/Shutterstock It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city. As more and more people…

Wanli Fang |

Henry Petroski, author of The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure Editor’s Note: Renowned engineer and historian Henry Petroski, author of the just-published The Road…

Alison Buckholtz |

Quick: how much milk did you drink last year?   If you can answer that accurately, you’re either taking the “quantified self” thing a bit far, or you may have been reading some of our research.  …

Tariq Khokhar |

“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top, ” as U.S. Army General George S. Patton Jr. famously said. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”  In the context of…

Jeff Delmon |

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 |