The Digital Youth Summit (DYS) is a technology focused conference that takes place annually in Peshawar, Pakistan. In the lead up to the summit, we bring to you the first of our Speaker Spotlights…

Priya Chopra |

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE Sensors in elevators that alert government agencies to public safety risks; data from school bags to keep children safe; garbage trucks with the smarts to save cities…

Prasanna Lal Das, Srikanth Mangalam |

Musana Carts, a business that provides clean, solar-powered street vending carts, aims to improve the lives of street vendors in developing countries. Africa’s urban areas are booming,…

Nataliey Bitature, Manon Lavaud |

A low-income residential neighborhood in Mumbai, India. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank As John Adams famously warned, “facts are stubborn things” that we cannot wish away. Governments in…

Luis Triveno |

About this series More blog posts Culture is an essential component of each and every society. It is the fabric that weaves communities together and gives them their unique identity. Acknowledging…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Guido Licciardi |

Rush hour traffic in Mumbai, India. Photo: Adam Cohn/Flickr Over the next decade and a half the world will add a staggering 1.1 billion people to its towns and cities. About one half of this…

Judy Baker, Peter Ellis, Mark Roberts |

Photo: Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr Who is the best soccer player of all time? A Google search will offer this name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé. Kicking off in 1958 as a 17…

Abhas Jha |

To start the new year, I've designed a 10-question game to recap some of the major findings of our flagship report, “Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth: What, Who and How.” The report,  …

Juni Tingting Zhu |

Panoramic cityscape of Karachi in Pakistan. Karachi’s urbanization has had a physical impact on surrounding cities, creating sprawling and underleveraged agglomerations Credit: World Bank With…

Jessica Rachel Schmidt |