On any rational cost-benefit basis, investing in preparedness, whether for pandemics or natural hazards, is possibly one of the best investments any country can make. A dollar spent on…

Abhas Jha |

I was born and raised in Cote d’Ivoire, a majestic but vulnerable coastal country. I know all too well how coastal livelihoods and communities have been shattered by intense flooding, poorly built…

Simeon Ehui |

While disasters such as earthquakes or floods affect everyone, their impacts are unevenly felt by different population groups.

Keiko Sakoda, Bandita Sijapati |

The World Bank recently co-organized Sierra Leone's first-ever Resilient Urban Mobility Hackathon, where talented youth came together together to tackle transport challenges through the use…

Fatima Arroyo Arroyo, Xavier Espinet, Dunstan Matekenya |

“Freetown lacks proper public transport and infrastructure.” During the rainy season of May through November in Sierra Leone, many Freetown students who live far from school are at the mercy of…

Fatima Arroyo Arroyo, Xavier Espinet |

City leaders will gather again at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Tokyo, Japan, to continue their conversations and further unlock cities’ tremendous potential in driving inclusive, resilient, and…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Horacio Cristian Terraza |

Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000…

Sameh Wahba, Valerie-Joy Santos, Rodica Tomescu-Olariu |

Evidence is clear that climate change is changing weather patterns, increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme weather events. Unfortunately, those in the poorest communities are…

Ivan Bruce |

In the summer of 1742, two typhoons swept across Japan in quick succession, bringing torrents of heavy rain and flooding major rivers. Records from a young monk who witnessed the floods describe a…

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |