We rarely give the toilet a second thought. We use it when we need to, and we flush and forget. We are also able to conveniently wash our hands afterwards. But imagine if you are on a long hiking…

Johannes Zutt |

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Maria Correia |

Happy belated 1st World Toilet Day! The newly designated UN day embodies the enormous development challenge of providing safe toilets to all. More than 2.5 billion people still don’t have access…

Nidhi Khurana |

Why Sanitation Access Doesn’t Work Unless the Entire Village Buys In Jitender is a four-year old boy with forward-thinking parents. Although it’s common in his village, in the Indian state of…

Luis Andres, Juan Echenique, Ashma Basnyat, Rahul Kanakia |

We all enjoy a nice vacation. Today, tourism has become a major driver of economic growth around the world. But measuring its impact, either directly or indirectly, is an evolving exercise.   Our…

Gonzalo Varela, Miles McKenna |

Investments in education could spur economic growth in India (Credit: World Bank) I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to my former professor Amartya Sen at the World Bank who attempted to…

Sebastian James |

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 |

  “If I don’t get a hundred it would be a bad day.” said Muniran Bibi. She sounded like an ambitious cricket player. “The boat clinic is our only chance of getting health care here on the island…

Onno Ruhl |

New approaches to medical care can improve health outcomes (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) In many poor countries, a large proportion of health services is provided by the private sector, including…

Jorge Coarasa |

Dans le monde, 165 millions d’enfants de moins de cinq ans sont trop petits pour leur âge, une conséquence directe de la malnutrition chronique. Les atteintes se manifestent pendant la grossesse…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |