Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

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To achieve #Housing4All, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the …

Housing

The Nigerian girl on my mind

Her tears remain vivid in my mind. She was one of so many young Nigerian kids that we met while on mission in North East Nigeria. They and the rest …

Connecting Palestinian cities for a more sustainable future

Hebrew (pdf)<p>Cities expand in the blink of an eye, and with such rapid growth come corresponding issues. This is immediately apparent when you drive …

Cities

National Solidarity Programme Transformed Scores of Lives in Kandahar Province

Not so long ago, 15 years to be exact, I remember when people in the districts of Kandahar used animals to transport their agricultural harvest to …

Afghanistan

Resilience for the most vulnerable: Managing disasters to better protect the world’s poorest

In his “The People of the Abyss,” novelist Jack London describes in grim detail a devastating storm that rocked London in the early 20th century. …

Come for the job, stay for the city: The attraction of magnet cities in Romania

When looking at the findings from a recent report, you will be struck to learn that more than 15% of people in Romania would consider moving to …

Cities

When Afghan refugees come home

When it comes to conflict and displacement, we often think about the refugees forced to flee their homes. Equally affected, however, are the ones …

Seafood

Water in social accountability – reflections from Tajikistan

The saying goes, ‘water is life’, and how so true! But water also drives economic and social development. Clean water supply is vital for health, …

Water

Education amidst Fragility, Conflict and Violence

Access to schooling and quality learning can be undermined by various manifestations of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). The effect of …

Rights & Freedoms

Bridging the humanitarian-development divide on famine response

Last week, I represented the World Bank Group at the United Nations Security Council on the famine response in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and …

Poverty

The road to resilience: sharing technical knowledge on transport across borders

For many countries, damages and losses related to transport are a significant proportion of the economic impacts of disasters, often more than …

World Economy

We joined the food revolution—and you can, too

Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to …

Street Food

How can conflict-affected cities become better hosts to refugees? The case of Afghanistan

Like many other developing countries, Afghanistan is urbanizing rapidly. Today, a quarter of the country’s over 30 million people live in urban …

World Bank

Animating my thoughts about disability

<i>Last December, James Dooley Sullivan packed his wheelchair and travelled to Jamaica. Sullivan, an animator and visual arts video editor at the World</i> …

World Economy

Getting to learning in conflict and violence affected contexts

We teamed up with <i>Right To Play</i>, a global development organization headquartered in Canada, to design and deliver a session that explored how learning …

World Bank

World Population Day 2017: What can we learn from Bangladesh?

Today marks World Population Day and this year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”. It is an opportune moment to …

Population

Fresh Air Inspires My #Loop4Dev

There is a lot to like about living in Washington, D.C. I am lucky enough to live in a city with reliable public transport, well-kept parks and …

Pollution

Tunisia: Improving local governments’ performance through annual performance reviews

<i>The story of Krib, the top-performing local government in Tunisia</i> <br>Tunisia’s transformation in the wake of the Arab Spring has been remarkable, and …

Tunisia

Las Vegas, Marrakech, Malta, Casablanca – managing dwindling resources in water scarce cities

What do casinos in the Las Vegas desert, beachside cultural sites in Malta, and palm groves around centuries-old markets in Marrakech have in common? …

Water

Drought-stricken Somalia is at risk of famine (again). How can we help?

Somalia is on the brink of famine resulting primarily from severe drought. Half of the country’s population – an estimated 6.7 million people – are …

World Bank

Chongqing, China: Revitalizing urban growth, sustainably

<b>About this series</b> <b><br>More blog posts</b><p>China is shifting its focus away from urban expansion toward regional revitalization and urban regeneration. …

China

Using ICTs to Map the Future of Humanitarian Aid (part 2)

With crisis mapping’s increasing profile, other organizations have joined the fray. Just this month, Facebook announced that it was partnering with …

World Food Program

Competitive Cities: A Game Changer for Malaysia

As an upper-middle income country with a majority of its population living in cities, Malaysia is situated among the countries that prove …

Cities

A path toward better health for India’s women

A little over six years ago, Neelam Kushwaha’s first daughter was born weighing 900 gm at birth, severely underweight. Neelam went into labor while …

Madhya Pradesh

Wheeling through Kingston

<i>Last December, James Dooley Sullivan packed his wheelchair and travelled to Jamaica. Sullivan, an animator and visual arts video editor at the World</i> …

World Economy

Supporting development for peace to make a difference on the ground

I had the opportunity recently to participate in the Third Edition of the World Reconstruction Conference, where I was reminded once again of a …

World Bank

Using ICTs to Map the Future of Humanitarian Aid (part 1)

The word “disruption” is frequently used to describe technology’s impact on every facet of human existence, including how people travel, learn, and …

GIS

Disasters, funds, and policy: Creatively meeting urgent needs and long-term policy goals

When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence. Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to …

Climate

Afghanistan’s energy sector leads the way for gender equality

In Afghanistan, decades of violence, common discriminatory practices, and cultural barriers, including restrictions on mobility, have denied women …

Women's News

Bangladesh: Building resilience in the eye of the storm (Part 1/3)

<i>This blog is the first of a series on how Bangladesh has become a leader in coastal resilience.</i> <br>While flying along the coast of Bangladesh earlier …

Climate