Street names in Accra, Ghana. Photo credit: Ben Welle/ Flickr CC When I used to work in Rwanda, I lived on a small street in Kigali. Every time I invited friends over, I would tell them to “walk…

Linus Pott |

Urban population in Africa will double within the next 25 years and reach 1 billion people by 2040, but concentration of people in cities has not been accompanied by economic density. Typical…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Somik Lall |

Also available in: Spanish | العربية | Français World Bank Group / 2013 Since the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a decade ago, over 180…

Prabhat Jha, Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

  Over a billion people—about 15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. Almost 80% of them live in the developing world, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. While urbanization brings…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

  From time to time, everyone encounters sleek products whose form seems to eclipse their function—an image-heavy website that fails to provide basic information, or a shiny gadget with an all-too…

Claudio Mendonca |

As we continue to see headlines and editorials almost every day about migrants and refugees, it's not surprising when UNHCR reports that the number of forcibly displaced people has reached 60…

Leila Rafei |

  Globally, the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the trend in new cases of tuberculosis has been met. Today there there are 40% fewer people living with TB than there were in 1990. More…

Tariq Khokhar |

  Between 1990 and 2015, the global under-5 mortality rate dropped 53% from 91 to 41 deaths per 1,000. However, this drop is not enough to meet the global Millennium Development Goal of a two-…

Tariq Khokhar |

Let’s be clear.  Tobacco use, and its negative health, social and economic impact, is not a global problem that is simply going away. As documented in a recent study, despite significant…

Patricio V. Marquez |