In Malawi, as in most parts of the world, childcare tasks rest predominantly on women – in fact, Malawian women and girls above the age of 15, spend seven times more on unpaid care and domestic…

Odete Duarte Muximpua, Gaia Hatzfeldt |

Irrigation agencies around the world have continued to function despite challenging circumstances. However, there have been multiple shocks impacting service delivery.

Pieter Waalewijn, Karin Krchnak, Ijsbrand Harko de Jong, Svetlana Valieva |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

Over the past 12 months, the world has seen water in its extremes. In the same year, the City of Cape Town, announced “day zero, ” the day on which it was predicted the city would run dry, and a…

Jennifer J. Sara |

Editor's Note:  The global water crisis is a crisis of too much, too polluted and too little. At the World Bank, our job is to find and implement solutions to tackle this crisis. In the “…

Joop Stoutjesdijk |

Accumulated scientific evidence shows that proper nutrition and stimulation in utero and during early childhood benefit physical and mental well-being later in life and contribute to the…

Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

What do Yucatan (Mexico), Michoacan (Mexico), Karur (India), and Jan Kempdorp (South Africa) have in common? These are all places with successful stories of implementing Anaerobic Digestion (AD)…

Christian Borja-Vega, Christian Israel Aragon-Briceño |

What does it take to finance sustainable water supply and sanitation? The World Bank Group takes this question very seriously indeed. That’s why during the recent Global Water Summit, the World…

Aileen Castro |