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Anna Wellenstein, Mika-Petteri Torhonen |

There is no denying that governments across the world today are facing increasingly complex pressures that are altering the world in which we live – fragility, conflict and violence; large…

Nicholas Nam |

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 |

Photo: World Bank Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series. You can read part-two here. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed herein are those of the…

Adrian Di Giovanni |

Available in Chinese Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank The idea that economic growth needs good governance and good governance needs economic growth takes us to a perennial chicken-and-egg debate:…

Yuen Ang |

When first-time homeowner Dewi moved into her new house in the Yogyakarta area a year ago, thanks to a government subsidy program, she thought: everything is perfect.   Well, not quite. Located an…

Dao Harrison |

Cities in Africa are growing at unprecedented speeds. In Kenya, about 12 million of the country’s over 40 million people live in urban areas today. However, [[tweetable]]a child born in 2017 will…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Dean Cira |

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 |

  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 |

Hurricane Matthew destroyed an estimated 90% of homes in Haiti's Grande Anse department. Stronger public knowledge infrastructure can help better facilitate post-disaster recovery. (Photo: EU…

Luis Triveno, Klaus Deininger |