Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps. As they own very few assets, these…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Harjot Kaur |

The challenges of electoral democracy are becoming increasingly visible worldwide. Elite capture, corruption and patronage are serious concerns, and the legitimacy of some elections has come under…

Vijayendra Rao, Paromita Sanyal |

Labores de limpieza en el río Matanza-Riachuelo, en la provincia de Buenos Aires, uno de los más contaminados de América Latina/Banco Mundial Disponible en inglés Cuando hablamos de inundaciones,…

Victor Vazquez Alvarez, Alexander Serrano |

Momentum is building behind a land rights revolution. Last year, just prior to the World Bank’s Annual Land and Poverty Conference, I wrote about the many factors pushing land to the top of the…

Chris Jochnick |

Una familia beneficiaria de la comunidad de San José del Paredón celebra la instalación el nuevo sistema de riego. Foto: Gabriela Orozco / Banco Mundial “Cuando la empresa no nos cumplió, le…

Francisco Obreque |

A beneficiary family from the commmunity of San José del Paredón in Bolivia celebrates the new irrigation system. Photo: Gabriela Orozco / World Bank.  “When the company let us down, we only…

Francisco Obreque |

Also available in: العربية | Español | Français  | 中文  While I welcome criticism and comments on the Doing Business (DB) report—or any other data and research product of the World Bank, for that…

Shanta Devarajan |

Imagine you live in a city that floods, sometime for weeks, after extreme rainfalls. Imagine you live in that flooded city, where you and thousands of your neighbors must find a place to stay till…

Melanie Kappes |

Imagine que vive en una ciudad que se inunda constantemente, e incluso durante semanas en algunas ocasiones, después de lluvias extremas. Imagine que vive en esa ciudad inundada, donde usted y…

Melanie Kappes |

In Brazil, a woman trained through the School of Women Leaders explains to her neighbors what she has learned. Photo: Maria do Carmo Carvalho / Habitat for Humanity [[tweetable]]Despite the fact…

Jane W. Katz |