Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

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 |

  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 |

A low-income residential neighborhood in Mumbai, India. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank As John Adams famously warned, “facts are stubborn things” that we cannot wish away. Governments in…

Luis Triveno |

Rush hour traffic in Mumbai, India. Photo: Adam Cohn/Flickr Over the next decade and a half the world will add a staggering 1.1 billion people to its towns and cities. About one half of this…

Judy Baker, Peter Ellis, Mark Roberts |

Photo: Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr Who is the best soccer player of all time? A Google search will offer this name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé. Kicking off in 1958 as a 17…

Abhas Jha |

Svetlana Nikolaevna had never seen so much cash in her life. It was her family’s life savings, a huge stack of $100 bills, totaling $250, 000. The girl behind the glass was counting it, verifying…

David Lawrence |