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 |

This page in: Arabic | Français | 中文 In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the urgency of…

Luis Triveno, Michael J. Lea |

About this series More blog posts Between 2010 and 2017, Chile was struck by 10 major natural hazard events. These disasters affected as many as 340, 583 houses and cost $3.6 billion in…

Julian Palma, Marisa Garcia Lozano |

Also available in: 中文 ​While the need for housing is widespread, individually people have different needs—depending on whether they are single, married, senior citizens, families with children, or…

Luis Triveno, Ellen Hamilton |

Community members from Nepal learn how to make paper jewelry crafts from Ibasho-Japan members.  (Photo: Margaret Arnold / World Bank) In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April…

Margaret Arnold |

Photo: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Shutterstock In an effort to harness the benefits of urbanization and improve the living conditions of the urban poor, Latin American countries have experimented with…

Luis Triveno |

Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena’s Elemental firm designed the “half a good house”, which includes gaps between the houses for residents to fill according to their own needs. Cities are the…

Luis Triveno |

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 |

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 |