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 |

Also available in: Russian The “miracle pine, ” a 250-year-old tree that survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan, has been preserved as a memorial to the 19, 000 victims of the disaster. (Photo via…

Ko Takeuchi |

Photo credit: World Bank In previous blogs on Fecal Sludge Management (FSM), we outlined the lack of appropriate attention given to FSM as a formal urban sanitation solution and we presented new…

Isabel Blackett, Peter Hawkins |

  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 |

A motorized tricycle fitted with a small tank provides desludging services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo credit: Kathy Eales / World Bank Our last blog outlined the neglect of Fecal Sludge…

Peter Hawkins, Isabel Blackett |

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 |

Can One Country's Electricity Surplus Be Another Country's Gain? The opening ceremonies in Dushanbe, Tajikistan starting Wednesday for construction works on the CASA-1000 project mark an…

Annette Dixon |

Photo: Eugene Phoen/Flickr We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”. But did you know that cities…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

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 |

Photo: Songquan Deng/Flickr Singapore: the beautiful city state, famed for its lush gardens, splendid food, culturally diverse communities, and the cocktail Singapore Sling. I was there last week…

Henrike Brecht |