The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019 is now above 1, 000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10, 000 people lost…

Abhas Jha |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is…

Luis Triveno, Olivia Nielsen |

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing Initiative supports agriculture insurance programs which unlock critical assess to credit for low-income farmers in Kenya, as well as in Uganda and Rwanda. Photo…

Hugo Wesley, Lorenzo Piccio |

Photo: O. Hebga/ World Bank On a visit last year to the East region of Cameroon, a traditional leader we met in the municipality of Garoua-Boulai impressed us with their efforts to help refugees…

Catherine Defontaine, Abel BOVE, Benjamin Burckhart |

When it does not rain, people starve. This is the reality for many farmers in the Sahel—and across the globe—and the situation is only becoming more dire due to climate change. Yet, during a…

Raúl Alfaro-Pelico, Sarah Bashford Lynagh, Jennifer Ehidiamen |

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I get stirred up by all types of governance data, so in honor of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, I though I’d highlight a few efforts to measure…

Jim Anderson |

For thousands of years, the Niger River has been the lifeblood for not only Niger, but also its neighboring countries in the Niger River Basin. Yet, even as many Nigeriens depend on the mighty…

Vivien Deparday, Lorenzo Piccio |

As an urban dweller in Beijing, a rapidly modernizing city, my daily life would look like a science-fiction movie for people from just a few decades ago. I use my mobile phone to buy groceries,…

Wanli Fang |

Our planet is undergoing a process of rapid urbanization, and the next few decades will see unprecedented growth in urban areas, including in urban infrastructure. Most of the growth will take…

Maninder Gill, Vincent Roquet |