The squalor of slums, unsustainability of sprawl, and sterility of skyscrapers are persistent challenges for community leaders and urban planners. Instead, they call for livable neighborhoods with…

Somik Lall, Mathilde Lebrand, Hogeun Park |

An IFC analysis found that cities that prioritize green transportation stand to gain from an investment opportunity of as much as $2.7 trillion. It is estimated that the green transportation…

Kartik Gopal, Maria López Conde |

The first national micro-story contest named “If your Eyes could see my Story”, organized by the World Bank Office in Bolivia, aimed to generate reflection and discussion about racial…

Ericka Nogales |

What is a smart city? We've seen the term used in urban planning and governance to transport, energy, the environment, health, and education. We’ve also noticed that the notion of smart…

Gunes Basat, Narae Choi |

Colombia was ripe to explore a type of land value capture called tax increment financing (TIF). Learn why and what the steps were to develop the instrument. There’s also a road map for cities…

Vanessa Alexandra Velasco Bernal, Monica Almonacid |

The Tanzania Urban Resilience Program, a partnership between the World Bank and the UK, has supported strengthening community emergency response capacity and community resilience in 12 wards…

Nyambiri Kimacha, Yohannes Yemane Kesete |

The World Bank is supporting Morocco's DRM efforts by preparing a diagnostic assessment of the country's regulatory framework, making recommendations to the relevant authorities for…

Philipp Petermann, Theresa Abrassart, Thomas Moullier, Antoine Hanzen, Ghizlane Aqariden, Youssef Elouardy |

Floods and droughts are some of the most tangible – and devastating – consequences of the climate crisis. It is crucial that societies adapt and that governments prioritize, accelerate, and scale…

Juergen Voegele, Kitty van der Heijden |

While new housing & construction technologies can help cut waste and reduce GHG emissions, they are unlikely to make a dent in the global housing crisis, unless accompanied by four key changes…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Nielsen |