Photo: LIC/Flickr No matter how you measure it, the impact of air pollution is startling. According to new research, air pollution worldwide cuts life expectancy by 1.8 years for an average person…

Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

For two and a half years, more than 4, 000 people have worked to build Line 1 of the Quito Metro, a mass transit system that extends 22 kilometers across the city.   With its 15 modern stations,…

Julio Cesar Casma, Cristina Medina |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

In 2006, I was working in Aceh, Indonesia (with the Red Cross), a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Amongst other post-disaster recovery activities, we were working with 20…

Saurabh Dani |

[[tweetable]]What are some of the key issues that will shape global development in 2017?[[/tweetable]] About this series More blog posts ​From addressing the forced displacement crisis to helping…

Andy Shuai Liu |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

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 |

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 |