A year ago, I heard about a Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Bucharest that was training pet and stray dogs to be at the frontline of forest and earthquake search and rescue efforts. This…

Alanna Simpson |

The World Bank’s recently completed Systematic Country Diagnostic highlights Romania’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Over the years, floods, droughts and earthquakes have cost the country…

Donato De Rosa, Maja Murisic |

The social, political, and economic transition of countries across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia over the last three decades has been a long and arduous process, and many…

Ashna Mathema, Alanna Simpson |

Aerial view of the landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. © Kate Evans/CIFOR This blog post was originally published on Project Syndicate. Today, only 30% of the world…

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Anna Wellenstein |

  Romania recently celebrated 85 years of civil protection. In our day-to-day lives, we rarely pause to think of the decisive role played by civil protection agencies. But as soon as disaster…

Tatiana Proskuryakova, Alanna Simpson, Yann Kerblat |

[[tweetable]]How fast is your city growing? The answer may depend on where you live.[[/tweetable]] There are the booming megacities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Then there are cities that…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Paula Restrepo Cadavid |

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 |

“Individuality is the product of both biological inheritance and personal experience, ” said Professor Charles A. Nelson during a recent presentation at the World Bank. Professor Nelson has been…

Magdalena Bendini |

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 |

In 1991, the World Bank Group opened its resident office in Bucharest and this November we will celebrate 25 years of continued presence in Romania. Romania joined the World Bank in 1972, yet it…

Elisabetta Capannelli |