Patrick Abi Salloum / World Bank In many ways, Beirut is the capital of resilience and generosity. Over the centuries, the city has embraced, and continues to embrace, civilizations and cultures…

Saroj Kumar Jha |

History repeats, history rhymes and sometimes history regresses. Wandering through cities and fields in the Middle East and North Africa a thousand years ago, you would have been struck by the…

Torgny Holmgren |

Watch Video I was in Vietnam last month and I was so impressed by the tremendous progress the country has made compared to what I had seen 17 years earlier. In 2000, the Nhieu Loc–Thi Nghe canal…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,…

Derek Headey |

It is a chapel. Small, hardly the size of a barn. A cube of rough cut stone. Superbly isolated, but sitting on historically hallowed ground. Old enough to carry memories. Although unprepossessing…

Dan Petrescu |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |

  Just fourteen projects in energy, transport and water/sanitation.  In only eight countries. Totaling $2.7 billion.   There are 56 IDA countries (excluding three “inactive” and a few rich enough…

Laurence Carter |

Upon completion of the MOSE project in 2018, a series of flood gates between Venice's Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea will protect the city from high tide and storm surges. Credit: NASA Venice…

Linh X. Le |

Overview of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Singapore. Photo: Stefan/Flickr As Vietnamese, we look very fondly to Singapore as a model for development in the region, especially fostered by a close…

Linh X. Le |