Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

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Women play a part to bring peace in Solomon Islands

In a hot and crowded school classroom in December 2015 I sat excitedly watching Margaret Wete accept her role as Village Peace Warden for Waimasi and …

Solomon Islands

Visiting conflict-affected communities in the Philippines: a Country Director’s experience

Peace – something that many of us take for granted in our own lives – is elusive for millions of people around the world, including in southern …

World Bank

Punjab, Pakistan has just transformed its land record management system. What can we learn?

Land is an essential resource for sustainable development. From large cities to remote villages, land remains one of the most important assets for …

World Bank

To achieve ‘learning for all’, we must create inclusive systems for students with disabilities

While schools and educators aim at more inclusive approaches across the globe, it’s important to acknowledge that mainstream education settings can …

Education

Budget-strapped cities are creating financing—out of thin air

The world is urbanizing fast<i>—</i>200,000 people are moving to cities every day in search of homes, jobs, as well as education and healthcare services for …

Cities

Chart: What Are the World's Wettest Countries?

Africa has the world’s least developed weather, water, and climate observation network, with half of its surface weather stations not reporting …

Climate Change

Ideas Box: the library that promotes literacy and builds disaster resilience—a Q&A

Over the last two weeks, we’ve witnessed three hurricanes in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico as well as a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, …

Innovation

Towards a cleaner Bangladesh: Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all

Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of. In countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, a …

Water

Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the …

Project Management

Innovation: A meaningless “catchword” or something more useful?

Challenges in development are growing at unprecedented rates, driven by complex human crises: refugees, rapid and unsustainable urbanization and …

Innovation

How do you plan relocations to protect people from the effects of natural disasters and climate change?

Governments have a responsibility to protect their people, including from disasters and the effects of climate change. Sometimes that means …

Climate

Building resilience against drought: the case of Uganda

“This can’t be Karamoja,” I thought, looking around me. I had read the reports, which focus on the vulnerability and poverty of this region in …

Africa

Africa Hydromet Forum: Improving climate and weather forecasting to build disaster resilience

There is no doubt that extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and severity. In Africa alone, 90% of all disasters in recent decades have …

Climate Change

Fresh thinking on economic cooperation in South Asia

That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between …

World Economy

Building cities for innovation and growth

Cities now drive as much as 80% of global GDP. They also consume close to two-thirds of the world’s energy and produce over 70% of global greenhouse …

Cities

Will decentralization in Tunisia bring young people into the political mainstream?

Young people played a critical role in the 2011 Tunisian revolution and have made their voices heard ever since. Yet their engagement continues to be …

Africa

Cat DDOs: More than emergency lending for disaster relief

Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. As climate change intensifies, extreme weather events, for example, are on the rise around the world, and …

World Bank
Environment

The biggest bang for our limited water and sanitation buck: can investing in small towns lead the way?

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth …

Water

What do "Sustainable Cities" look like to you? Enter our global photo contest by October 6

Also available in: Español | Français | العربية | 中文<p>Building healthy and well-functioning cities and communities that continue to thrive for …

Cities

Does hope have a price? Uganda’s refugee crisis

Value for money is the defining international aid mantra of our age – and rightly so. These are fiscally straitened times in donor economies. We need …

Africa

Future-Proofing Resilient PPPs

Photo: Texas Millitary Department | Flickr Creative Commons<p><i>“Hurricane Harvey Has Knocked Out 25 Percent of Gulf Gas Production” –</i> <b>GIZMODO</b> <i><br>“This storm</i> …

World Economy

Starting life strong in slums: the role of engaging vulnerable groups on sanitation and nutrition

<b>This blog is co-authored with Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)</b><p><i>Other co-authors:</i> <i><br>Beatrice</i> …

Geography

Gender equality hits the highway in Northern Brazil

Young women, some still girls, await long-haul truck drivers that stop by a gas station in the State of Tocantins, located in the North region of …

Gender

In Somalia, resilience can be strengthened through social protection

I have been working on assessing social protection mechanisms in Somalia for more than a year now. In 2011, some 260,000 people died from famine. …

Poverty

In the Pacific, climate change means trying to expect the unexpected

I was reflecting on the saying that “ignorance is bliss” as our plane was landing in Tuvalu, a small island nation in the South Pacific. We had been …

Climate Change

Three ways creative community spaces are transforming cities

Start-ups are transforming cities. Entrepreneurs are inspiring creative communities and transforming the social and economic landscape of the …

Innovation

When in the eye of a storm….

This year, yet again, flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains came and receded. Meanwhile, this year alone, more than one million people have been …

Sri Lanka

Agriculture 2.0: how the Internet of Things can revolutionize the farming sector

Last year, we showcased how Vietnamese farmers in the Mekong Delta are adapting to climate change. You met two shrimp farmers: Nguyen Van Khuyen, who …

Internet of Things

Our food system depends on the right information—how can we deliver?

For most of us, watching the weather forecast on TV is an ordinary, risk-free and occasionally entertaining activity. The weatherman even makes …

Agriculture