Today, 4.4 billion people— just over half the world’s population—live in cities. In just the next three decades, two out of every three people on the planet will live in cities. Cities are the…

Juergen Voegele |

Safe Passage worked on improving safety of children commuting to schools through both physical and social actions and was completed during the school closures due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.

Shunelle Nevers |

More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, but most social assistance programs in developing countries have traditionally concentrated on the rural poor. Learn about how the…

Megha Mukim, Alex Chunet |

The prices of several goods, including intermediate inputs such as cement, are higher on average in the world's poorest countries, including many in Africa. This blog assesses why we are…

Tristan Reed |

In the first few months of lockdown, the Bank quickly created hotspot maps for 50+ cities using global datasets. However, informal settlements - where residents have shared access to basic…

Swati Sachdeva, Sheela Patel |

This study assesses the impacts of hosting refugees on the livelihood strategies of households in host communities focusing on diversification and agricultural commercialization. It uses a dataset…

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, Solomon Zena Walelign, Ganesh Seshan |

Between the 1970s and 1998, the World Bank financed 100 sites and services projects in 53 countries. Now, could a second generation of sites and services projects be a solution for the housing…

Judy Baker, Sheila Kamunyori, Keziah Mwang’a |

The growing density and connectivity of transportation networks make them more vulnerable to environmental shocks — heightened by a changing climate. This Working Paper provides the first global…

Yiyi He, Jun Rentschler, Paolo Avner |

Over the last decade, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been supporting the use and integration of satellite-based environmental information for development assistance activities.

Alex Chunet |

Intensifying natural hazards are forcing countries to step up action in adapting to climate risks. This working paper documents a divergence: Rather than adapting their exposure, many countries…

Jun Rentschler, Paolo Avner, Rui Su, Stéphane Hallegatte |