Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

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Resilient transport investments: a climate imperative for Small Island Developing Countries

Transport in its many forms – from tuk-tuks in Thailand to futuristic self-driving electric cars – is ubiquitous in the lives of everyone on the …

Climate

Climate finance: why is transport getting the short end of the stick?

Climate change is a global challenge that threatens the prosperity and wellbeing of future generations. Transport plays a significant role in that …

Climate

Planning for disaster: forecasting the impact of floods in South Asia's river basins

<i>Co-authors:</i> <i><br>William Young, Lead Water Resources Management Specialist, the World Bank <br>Thomas Hopson<br>Ankit Avasthi</i><p>The Ganges Basin in South Asia is home …

Incorporated

Making homes safer to build resilient cities

Children are often told that home is where to run inside when thunders hit or when the rain comes, and that home is a safe place. However, for …

Cities

How to protect metro systems against natural hazards? Countries look to Japan for answers

The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and …

World Bank

Fostering livable and prosperous cities: 4 steps that Peru should take

When you think of Peru, the first city that usually comes to mind is Lima. Why? Well, because Lima is the largest city in the country, with close to …

Cities

What can satellite imagery tell us about secondary cities? (Part 2/2)

In the previous blog, we discussed how remote sensing techniques could be used to map and inform policymaking in secondary cities, with a practical …

Maps

What can satellite imagery tell us about secondary cities? (Part 1/2)

The buzz around satellite imagery over the past few years has grown increasingly loud. Google Earth, drones, and microsatellites have grabbed …

San Pedro Sula

Swallowed by the Sea…Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms …

West Africa

Helping Brazil realize its infrastructure promise

Photo: LWYang | Flickr Creative Commons<p>Since the 1980s, investment in Brazil’s infrastructure has declined from 5% to a little above 2% of the …

São Paulo

Ranking the world’s megacities is a wake-up call for women’s rights

Cities are becoming monsters. Look at the world’s biggest megacities. 38 million people live in Tokyo! Try to take a taxi and find the house of a …

Grenfell Tower

Project monitoring in fragile places does not have to be expensive

<i>Conflict and violence are shrinking the space for development at a time when donors are scaling up their presence. To reconcile the conflicting</i> …

Medicine

Can blockchain help us better assist refugees and migrants in transit? Innovative Financing for Development

Technology can both empower and disempower. At a recent workshop on blockchain, we landed a challenge: how can we use it to facilitate refugee …

Blockchain

Pipeline to Work: Including persons with disabilities in skills development and employment projects

The relationship between poverty and disability goes both ways: disability increases the risk of poverty, and the conditions of poverty increase the …

Disability

Campaign Art: What Does Freedom for Girls Mean to You?

<b>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</b><p>October 11 has …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Back to school? Expanding access to disaster-resilient schools in Turkey for Syrian children and host communities

Today, Turkey hosts more refugees than any other single country—almost 3.3 million. The vast majority are fleeing the civil war in Syria, and almost …

Education

These winning photos capture the future of sustainable cities

Also available in: Français | Español | العربية<p>The premise behind the Sustainable Cities photo competition was simple. We wanted to learn what people …

Urban Development

Why sustainable mobility matters

In the 1960s, the vision of future mobility was people with jet packs and flying cars – we believed these innovations wouldn’t be far off after the …

Sustainability

Sustainable mobility: Who's who and who does what?

Some might call it an existential question. Some may be surprised that the answer is not clear. When it comes to sustainable mobility initiatives and …

Sustainable Development Goals

Five lessons on affordable housing provision from Indonesia

When first-time homeowner Dewi moved into her new house in the Yogyakarta area a year ago, thanks to a government subsidy program, she thought:</i> …

Housing

Securing the benefits of development for local communities: A series on social safeguards for social sustainability

Development is challenging even under the best of conditions. It can be even more difficult when the local context is complex, and when some groups …

Indigenous Peoples

Empowering Women Through Tourism

También disponible en: Español<p>The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has some of the most important historical and cultural sites in the …

Gender

Understanding transit-oriented development through bike-sharing big data

As one of over 20 million people who work and live in Beijing, China, I used to find commuting to work in rush-hour traffic rather painful. However, …

Urban Design

The Global Infrastructure Facility: What is it really and what have we been doing?

Photo: Ashim D'silva | Unsplash<p>From “Billions to Trillions”, to the Hamburg Principles and Ambitions, to Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD), …

Sustainability

Join us to discuss the role of citizens in building open, accountable and inclusive societies

How can citizens’ actions help build a society that is more open, accountable and inclusive? In about a week, social accountability stakeholders from …

Innovation

Secondary towns for migration and jobs: The first move is different

For a young person who has spent his or her whole life living in a village in rural Africa, moving out is often desirable in theory, but daunting in …

Dar Es Salaam

Transit-Oriented Development with Chinese Characteristics: localization as the rule rather than the exception

<b>China: More Mobility with Fewer Cars through a GEF Grant</b><p>Since our days in school, we have often been told to first define our terms before doing …

Urban Design

Are you reaping the full benefits of the technology revolution?

About 17 years ago, I began preparations for applying to colleges in America. One of the prerequisites to qualify for an undergraduate program was …

World Economy

Social inclusion: Let’s do things differently to end poverty!

On October 17, 2017, End Poverty Day, 33 World Bank offices in Africa came together to talk about poverty and social inclusion. We were excited of …

Poverty

“Better Planning, Better Cities” – Cities to share smart solutions to urban sustainability

There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, <b>the Global Platform</b> …

Cities