Before joining the World Bank, I worked as an urban designer and often provided advice on how the design of proposed developments could be more accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, many…

Jian Vun, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

Time and again, we witness how natural disasters reinforce poverty and other development challenges. Disasters strike countries around the world with alarming frequency – including severe storms,…

Stéphane Hallegatte, Brian Walsh, Jun Erik Rentschler |

Also available in: Español | Français  | 中文  Machine learning algorithms are excellent at answering “yes” or “no” questions. For example, they can scan huge datasets and correctly tell us: Does…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Luis Triveno |

When you think of Bolivia, which is the first city that comes to mind? La Paz? Santa Cruz or maybe Cochabamba? But what about Trinidad or Tarija? Or perhaps Cobija or Riberalta? These are…

Sophie Chanson |

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Anna Wellenstein, Mika-Petteri Torhonen |

Photo Credit: Guilhem Alandry doculab Malteser International / Flickr CC While disasters threaten the well-being of people from all walks of life, few are as disproportionately affected as the…

Margaret Arnold, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Deepti Samant Raja, Lorenzo Piccio |

Disaster losses disproportionately affect poor people, according to the 2017 “Unbreakable” report. The Caribbean Hurricane season of 2017 was a tragic illustration of this.

Sameh Wahba, Stéphane Hallegatte |

More than one billion people globally – about 15% of the world’s population – are estimated to have a disability. Most of them live in developing countries.

Maninder Gill, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

As May 31st comes around yet again, I’m reminded of this date 48 years ago. The peaceful South American country of Peru was going about another normal day… until the clock struck 3:23 pm. Life…

Jorge Luis Alva-Luperdi |

Download PDF (30Mb) / View Online “The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public…

World Bank Data Team |