Here are some facts that you might not know: Over the last 60 years, Guatemala has lost almost half of its forests, much of it due to illegal logging. Built-up area around Lake Laguna in the…

Stig Johansson |

From the smallest rural villages in Bangladesh to the large, bustling metropolitan centers of Cairo or Istanbul, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of Islamic communities around…

Bertrand Badré |

Specialists in Sri Lanka receive training on the InaSafe risk assessment platform. © World Bank ​​When I first heard about OpenStreetMap (OSM) – the so called Wikipedia of maps, built by…

Alanna Simpson |

​Photo: Laura B. Rawlings / World Bank It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard…

Andrea Vermehren, Josh Martin, Laura B. Rawlings |

​In 1964, I came to the United States from South Korea, then an extremely poor developing country that most experts, including those at the World Bank, had written off as having little hope for…

Jim Yong Kim |

On the northern tip of Lake Kivu, where eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) meets Rwanda, the pedestrian border crossing connecting the lush town of Gisenyi, Rwanda and the frenetic city of…

Cecile Fruman, Carmine Soprano |

Deep inside the sprawling HEAL Africa Hospital complex in the Eastern Congolese city of Goma is a small ward where women recover from injuries they suffered during complicated births and violent…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

We just came back from Korea Week where we discussed retrospect and prospects of 60 years of relations between the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Republic of Korea.  In 1955 the WBG offered a…

Adarsh Desai, Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño |

Over the past several weeks, we have made headway in our efforts to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable land use as part of a broader World Bank Group approach to combat climate change.…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Over the past decade, illegal poaching of wildlife has quickly caught up to habitat destruction as a leading cause of wildlife loss in many countries.   Poaching African elephants for ivory…

Samuel Wasser |