The new report "Evolving Geography of Productivity and Employment" uses a territorial perspective to analyze the problem of low growth in Latin America and the Caribbean differently.

Elena Ianchovichina |

Sub-Saharan Africa is more urbanized than commonly realized. Most of Sub-Saharan Africa’s urban dwellers live in dense cities rather than towns.

Mark Roberts, Pierre-Philippe Combes, Clément Gorin, Shohei Nakamura, Benjamin Stewart |

Recent World Bank research used satellite data to quantify the impact of subway investments. Subways’ impacts on CO₂ emissions were assessed with the World Bank’s new satellite-based carbon…

Brian Blankespoor, Susmita Dasgupta, David Wheeler |

A new IFC report, Building Green: Embracing Sustainable Construction in Emerging Markets, estimates that global buildings and construction-related emissions could drop 23 percent by 2035 compared…

Susan Lund |

Over the last few years, many cities have taken decisive action to support active mobility, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include bike-share programs (some are even…

Winnie Wang |

The 2020s have been an era of shocks: COVID-19, inflation, climate change, and social unrest are merely the most prominent among them. In developing countries, cities have not been effective shock…

Somik Lall, Jon Kher Kaw, Ban Edilbi |

Waste amounted to 3.3 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions in 2022, with landfills the primary source. As climate change continues to pose an ever-looming existential threat to the world and…

Ailin Tomio, Kremena M. Ionkova, Silpa Kaza |

A partnership underscores how combining financial support with technical assistance and knowledge exchange can amplify the impact on investment projects.

Haruka Miki-Imoto, Harsh Goyal |

Subways systems can be beneficial in reducing congestion and improving health – but the upfront costs may be beyond the reach of most fiscally stressed city governments. But subways don’t simply…

Somik Lall, Susmita Dasgupta, David Wheeler |

The World Bank is crowdsourcing data on the lifespan of water wells and boreholes to bolster our collective understanding on the operational efficiency and durability of water wells and boreholes…

François Bertone |