As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

Palermo Water Treatment Plan, Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos, AySA, Buenos Aires Argentina set ambitious targets of providing universal access to water and 75 percent access to sewerage services…

Gustavo Saltiel |

Construction of a sky train in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Seksan Pipattanatikanunt/World Bank In the past, procurement (purchasing) was not considered to be a specialist function but one of the…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

Urban populations are booming, and the choices that local governments make today about managing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions directly impact the long-term health and economic well-being of…

Min Jung Kwon, Lisa Yao, Silpa Kaza, Sara Mills-Knapp, Beatriz Eraso Puig |

English version   En los últimos años, el interés hacia las imágenes satelitales se ha vuelto cada vez más fuerte. Herramientas como Google Earth, drones y microsatélites han acaparado los…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report 2018 (on which I was a co-author) highlighted…

David Evans |

“Test and punish”? There’s a debate raging in American schools today: how (and how much) should children be tested? The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act created a system where all children in all…

Rafael de Hoyos, Peter Holland |

Rapid progress in digital technology, behavioral economics, evaluation methods, and the connectivity of youth in the developing world generates a stream of real-time insights and opportunities in…

Namita Datta, Jose Manuel Romero |

This blog post was co-authored by Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, and Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.…

Franz Drees-Gross, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed headlines and slashed price tags. Urban planners are…

Sarah Elizabeth Antos, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Ana I. Aguilera |