Data source: Statistics Bureau of Japan In 1966, Japan experienced a sudden drop in its fertility rate—for just that year. During the 1960s, the fertility rate was about 2.0 to 2.1 children per…

Emi Suzuki, Haruna Kashiwase |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Photo: MediaFOTO/PIXTA In March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan, unleashing a tsunami that left some 20, 000 people dead or missing. Sendai,…

Sanae Sasamori, Naho Shibuya |

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

  When we think of urban expansion in the 21st century, we often think of ‘sprawl’, a term that calls to mind low-density, car-oriented suburban growth, perhaps made up of single-family homes.…

Chandan Deuskar |

Every minute, dozens of people in East Asia move from the countryside to the city. The massive population shift is creating some of the world’s biggest mega-cities including Tokyo, Shanghai,…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The most recent data show significant strides in reducing maternal mortality at the national level over the past 20 years.  Improvements in access to maternal health care, especially in skilled…

Haruna Kashiwase |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

A cup of coffee in Caracas costs almost 200 times a liter of gasoline. Households in Turkey paid 74 times more than their Egyptian counterparts for bottled cooking gas in early 2013. The price…

Masami Kojima |

How relevant is ICT for transport? The emergence of low-cost open-source mapping tools; widespread cellular network coverage in developing countries; declining costs of mobile phone hardware; and…

Julie Babinard |

The consensus at today’s high-level meeting on “Scaling Up Nutrition” was this: the world can do better for its hungry children.  Many of the Ministers and donor agency leaders who spoke at the…

Julia Ross |