The first time a World Bank education team tried classroom observations in Brazil, it nearly provoked a state-wide teachers’ strike. It was October 2009 in the northeast state of Pernambuco and…

Daphna Berman |

When you think of Peru, the first city that usually comes to mind is Lima. Why? Well, because Lima is the largest city in the country, with close to 50% of the nation’s urban population living in…

Zoe Elena Trohanis |

This page in: Français Credit: Tracy Ben/ Shutterstock “At 14:28:04 on May 12, 2008, an 8.0 earthquake struck suddenly, shaking the earth, with mountains and rivers shifted, devastated, and parted…

Sameh Wahba, Luis Benveniste |

Also available in: Español | 中文 [[tweetable]] Why resilient cities need resilient housing. [[/tweetable]] Download the full version of the slideshow here.  The scene is as familiar as it is tragic…

Luis Triveno, Elizabeth Hausler, Niels Holm-en, Peter Yanev |

Also available in: Español    Women maintaining roads? As their job? Until recently, the idea was pretty much unfathomable in many countries. But in Peru, it isn’t. Since 2001, the Peruvian…

Ramon Munoz-Raskin, Montserrat Bordas Geli, Sergio Garcia Monroy |

What is your dream? Many people living in Peru dream of having a safe, well-built, multi-use bathroom that includes an adjacent area for a shower with a nice shower curtain and mirror and is…

Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

How many school children can be endangered by the schools themselves? The answer was over 600, 000 in metropolitan Lima alone.   In the region, fraught with frequent seismic activity, nearly two-…

Joe Leitmann |

We are all too familiar with these figures: on average, only 50% of the population in Latin America is connected to sewerage and 30% of those households receive any treatment. These figures are…

Diego Juan Rodriguez |

Laboratoria, a nonprofit organization that runs six-month courses, targets girls from low-income families who face major barriers to accessing higher education. (Photo: Laboratoria) Intensive “…

Juliana Guaqueta Ospina |

On her daily walk down the muddy road that connects her home with school, Beatriz would sing a cumbia and dream of becoming a professional dancer. However, she would soon find out that her…

Rafael de Hoyos, Natalie O'Connor |