At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

Also available in: Español   Follow the authors on Twitter: @jpvelez78,  @canonleonardo and @ScorciaH   Why TransMilenio isn't working (Spanish) A few weeks ago, a video entitled “Why doesn’t…

Jean Paul Vélez, Leonardo Canon Rubiano, Harvey Scorcia |

As noted in a blog post earlier this year, the World Bank Group is pursuing a Competitive Cities Knowledge Base (CCKB) project, looking at how metropolitan economies can create jobs and ensure…

Z. Joe Kulenovic |

Follow the authors on Twitter: @shomik_raj and @cataochoa   Smartphone apps are bringing massive changes to the taxi industry in ways that urban transport has not seen in a long while. From the US…

Shomik Mehndiratta, María Catalina Ochoa |

It’s 38°C (99°F) in Ouagadougou, the capitol city of Burkina Faso, today—and it’s been this hot all week. The end of the warm season is near, but in places like Ouaga (pronounced WAH-ga, as its…

Paul Brenton, Miles McKenna |

Follow the author on Twitter: @shomik_raj   Photo: Sam Kittner / Capital Bikeshare The sharing economy has been around for a long time. But recent technological advances like the development of…

Shomik Mehndiratta |

The Nigerien city of Gaya is booming. Sitting on the banks of the Niger River not far from the borders of Benin and Nigeria,  Gaya has grown from a quiet village to a hopping new hub. Its…

Anasuya Raj, Jean-François Arvis |

Raul is short, skinny and has an enormous smile. Looking at him, it was hard to believe that this fifteen-year-old had long been feared in his community as a gang leader and had been the author of…

Jessica Gallegos |

Leadership can be exercised in many ways and a lot has been written about leadership and empowerment, and about the need to strengthen both in Africa. Very recently, I came across a true female…

Cristina Santos |