According to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017, ” Hong Kong dropped two notches to rank as No. 9 in its Global Competitiveness Index. The decline occurred mainly…

Dr. Winnie Tang, Juni Tingting Zhu |

Photo: Eduardo Santillán Trujillo/Presidencia de la República del Ecuador It’s easy for me to take public transport for granted: a mere 5 minutes’ walk from my office at the World Bank…

Sameh Wahba, Grace Muhimpundu |

There is no better way to mark this year’s World Cities Day than reflecting on the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the recent Habitat III conference in Quito. The agenda reaffirms the…

Sameh Wahba, Sarah Xinyuan Lin |

[[tweetable]]Cities around the world face increasingly complex challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change.[[/tweetable]] Meanwhile, many cities facing the most pressing problems lack…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, George W. McCarthy |

By 2030, without efforts to boost urban resilience, climate change may push up to 77 million urban residents into poverty.   The good news is that the world has a brief window of opportunity to…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Joe Leitmann |

During Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, World Bank Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin and Arturo Ardila-Gomez, Global Lead for Urban Mobility & Lead Transport Economist, look at an example…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Arturo Ardila-Gomez |

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, consume two-thirds of the world’s energy, and produce 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And this trend will only continue: by…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Sameh Wahba |

Building earthquake-resistant housing in Peru. Photo: USAID/OFDA, Auriana Koutnik/Flickr When a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes a poor country, families too often suffer a…

Luis Triveno, Niels Holm-en |

About this series More blog posts A few months ago, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador claimed hundreds of lives, left almost 28, 000 people injured, and caused $1 to 3 billion worth of damage…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Thomas Moullier |