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 |

Every debt crisis begins with unheeded warnings and ends with severe limits on investment in education, health, and infrastructure among other things. These crises often spark civil unrest and…

Marcello Estevão, Sebastian Essl |

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to visit the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The UNHCR has just documented a record 100 million…

Soukeyna Kane |

It has been said that we now find ourselves in the “Golden Age of Innovation.” While it is undeniably true that we live in a time when the pace of technological change is faster than ever before,…

Caroline Louveaux, Tami Dokken |

It is safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has left a mark in every aspect of our lives. Taking the economy for example, the destruction trail left by the virus is made clear when 38 million US…

Isabela Melara Cavassin |

Thousands of school-going children in my country deem online education a luxury. So, rather than produce yet another paper covering that, allow me to highlight the impact this pandemic has had on…

Jamie Mirembe Catalina Namayanja |

The World Bank and the Financial Times are announcing the winners of our fourth annual youth blog competition.

Paul McClure |

As Covid 19 ravaged the world, a new pandemic began to rise. One that had been brewing for ages but was taken out of the pot by Covid 19, education. However, unlike Covid-19 it targeted a specific…

Vimbai Zisengwe |

Rising debt and record-high commodity prices are tempting many developing countries to pledge their natural resources to secure the financing they so urgently need. They should tread carefully: a…

Marcello Estevão, Diego Rivetti, David Mihalyi |

The World Bank’s latest forecasts, published today, reflect a sizable downgrade to the outlook: global growth is expected to slow sharply from 5.7 percent in 2021 to 2.9 percent this year.

David Malpass |