Egypt’s rapid population growth and lack of affordable housing have made house ownership and rental difficult, especially for low-income households. Available, affordable housing has been affected…

Jean Michel Lobet, Laila Abdelkader, Alia Eldidi |

In 2005, Affaf joined el sewing center in Mokattam and started to learn how to sew until she mastered everything. She is now the manager of the center, and she deals with clients, gives them…

Yasmina Abou Youssef |

The outsized risk of harassment that women face daily, in turn, affects their decisions whether to take a bus or even whether to get a job.

Andy Kotikula, Diana J. Arango |

Newly released estimates from satellite data show a 3% increase in global gas flaring globally in 2018 to 145 billion cubic meters (bcm).

Zubin Bamji |

In Gaza, the drinking water tastes like seawater. Years of neglect and poor management, due in large part to recurring conflicts, has led to the steady depletion of Gaza’s natural aquifer. The…

Anders Jagerskog, Pasquale Steduto |

© Sarah Farhat/World Bank One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of marginalized people. In most cases…

Kristalina Georgieva |

It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |

Innovative programs can respond to gender disparities in youth employment. Photo: Dominic Chavez/ World Bank.  The disadvantages young women face in the labor market and in entrepreneurship in…

Jose Manuel Romero, Drew Gardiner, Delores McLaughlin, Ana Maria Martinez |

Women’s labor force participation worldwide over the last two decades has stagnated, and women generally earn less than men. (Photo: Tom Perry / World Bank) How can we Press For Progress —the…

Namita Datta |