Growth in Europe and Central Asia is expected to firm to 2.6 percent in 2020, after decelerating to a three-year low of 2 percent in 2019, which reflected substantial weakness in trade and…

Collette Wheeler |

Two years since its inception, the Romania Disaster Risk Management Community continues to form partnerships and friendships that can strengthen Romania’s future. This community has even informed…

Alexandra Calin |

Moldova frequently experiences severe weather events such as storms, floods, extreme temperatures and droughts. And, due to climate change, it is projected that the country will face more extreme…

Daniel Werner Kull |

A year ago, I heard about a Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Bucharest that was training pet and stray dogs to be at the frontline of forest and earthquake search and rescue efforts. This…

Alanna Simpson |

Gergana Ivanova is the first woman to serve in the national guards' unit in Bulgaria. Photo: bTV A few years ago, Gergana Ivanova became famous in my country, Bulgaria. She became the first…

Gergana Tsvetanova Tsvetanova |

On March 10, a World Bank team of urban specialists will visit Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi to engage academics, students, local authorities and stakeholders in discussing the role of…

Marius Cristea, Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu |

The news is filled with stories of crime & violence, law & order. We hear from victims and eyewitnesses. We send thoughts and prayers. But when the spotlight moves on to the next crime or…

Georgia Harley, Levent Altan |

Michael Kugelman, guest blogger, is the senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. A busy train station in Mumbai, India. Photo:…

Michael Kugelman |

Concern about climate change is often deemed a luxury; the domain of those that do not have to worry about famine, surviving the pending winter, local conflict, or political instability. But in…

Anton Cartwright |