China has recently achieved a remarkable improvement in its business environment as measured by the World Bank’s global Doing Business report. Over the past two years, China moved up by almost 50…

Marcin Piatkowski, Sylvia Solf, Wenting Wei |

How can countries “build back better” and make sure their social protection systems can respond quickly and efficiently to future shocks?

Christian Bodewig, Stéphane Hallegatte |

Initial evidence suggests smoking is also a risk factor for COVID-19.

Patricio V. Marquez |

Over the last decade, China has become one of the rising stars of global innovation. The Chinese government considers innovation to be one of the key drivers of its future growth and convergence…

Denis Medvedev, Marcin Piatkowski, Shahid Yusuf |

Images of Earth taken at night are revolutionizing our ability to measure and understand nearly every dimension of human activity on Earth and allow us to get a glimpse into human-Earth…

Steven Rubinyi, Ran Goldblatt, Hogeun Park |

Making a link between a city’s density and its vulnerability to epidemics may seem like an obvious connection. But it may, in fact, be off the mark.

Wanli Fang, Sameh Wahba |

The key hygiene issues arise at the consumption stage and downstream, during collection and sorting of plastic waste before recycling.

Grzegorz Peszko |

The Bank financed the Liaoning Coastal Zone Development Urban Infrastructure and Environmental Management Project to upgrade wastewater treatment plant processes, improve sewers to double…

Minghe Tao |

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the promotion of environmental health as a key element of our own health, and of activities that severely limit human exposure to wildlife are more urgent…

Daniel Mira-Salama |

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in China in late 2019, has the potential to disrupt the economies of the Middle East and North Africa through four distinct channels: directly through…

Rabah Arezki, Ha Nguyen |