As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

Girls attend school. Pakistan. © Caroline Suzman/World Bank Growing up in Pakistan, I often wondered why boys were expected to become doctors or engineers while girls, including me, were…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

The time is right to act on this issue in Pakistan. If we do not address violence against women and girls, sustainable growth will remain elusive. Almost one in three married Pakistani women…

Uzma Quresh, Tanya D'Lima |

  Blog in Urdu This blog is certainly not about exploding mangoes but about the exploding Pakistani populace. The recent reactions of surprise on results of the census seems bewildering. Pakistan’…

Inaam Ul Haq |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Photo: Dane Macri/The Advocacy Project via Flickr CC. The relationship between poverty and disability goes both ways: [[tweetable]]disability increases the risk of poverty[[/tweetable]], and[[…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

In Jamaica, about a quarter of electricity produced is stolen or “lost” through non-paying customers and/or accounting errors. Manual detection has failed to make a difference in reducing this…

Anna Lerner, Priyanka Ripley |

It will take Karachi as much as $10 billion of capital investment over the next decade to close the infrastructure gaps in the city.   On the ground, it is not too difficult to see why this is so…

Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Gapihan, Peter Ellis, Jaafar Sadok Friaa |

Vibrant streets with vendors. Photo: Jon Kher Kaw / World Bank Public spaces such as streets, open spaces, parks, and public buildings are a big part of cities that are often overlooked.…

Annie Gapihan, Jon Kher Kaw, Jaafar Sadok Friaa |

Politicians and economists often go to great lengths to scrutinize hundreds of pieces of data to identify complicated solutions, to the point of ignoring the obvious facts staring them right in…

Jacques Morisset |