October 2022
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"As FY23 picks up, I’m delighted to have joined GPURL’s compelling agenda, and I’m enjoying learning the breadth and depth of our work implementing the Bank’s urban, resilience and land strategy. With a busy few months ahead of us, I’m happy to see the urban narrative being part of so many important global events, notably the World Bank Group and IMF’s Annual Meetings and the Climate Change COP-27. I look forward to working together to share our vast research to help shape urban landscapes across the globe by informing client countries’ investment in cities to deliver major impact for green, resilient, and inclusive growth."

Bernice Van Bronkhorst
Global Director for Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice (GPURL)


What were you doing in 2012 when the World Development Report—Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012) came out? This interview series is part of the #Accelerate Equality Initiative marking the 10th anniversary of the WDR2012, which explores the critical progress made and lessons learned over the last 10 years in closing gender gaps and promoting girls' and women's empowerment. Notably, Sameh Wahba shares what he was doing in 2012, and discusses critical gender issues in cities, around disaster risk management, and land. 
"When we empower women to live equal and dignified lives, it is not just the household but the whole world that benefits from the results of gender equality."
Sameh Wahba, Regional Director, SD ECA

Upcoming Events

WBG-IMF Annual Meetings

 October 10 - October 16, 2022

Featured Publications
Greater Than Parts: A Metropolitan Opportunity

This three-volume report with nine extensive case studies shares findings on how a variety of developing and emerging economies are successfully utilizing horizontal integration at the metropolitan scale to deliver greater sustainability.
Advancing Urban Sustainability for a Green Recovery

This report highlights how city leadership, integrated approaches, and collaboration between various actors are driving cities to continue their pursuit towards sustainability goals and tackle crises like COVID-19.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Municipal Finance

How has the pandemic affected cities’ bottom lines? This report provides an assessment of the impact of the pandemic on local governments’ financial situations through cross-country analysis and comparison.
Global Tracking Framework for Transport 3.0

Check out the launch of the Global Tracking Framework for Transport (GTF 3.0) – the leading global repository of country-level transport data and indicators, including indicators and data for 183 countries and their transport systems.

In Case You Missed It:
Recordings of Recent Events

Cities on The Front Line: Urban Violence Inclusion - Intervening for Equity | Lessons From Our Racial Equity in Resilience Community of Practice 

JUNE 26-30, 2022
World Bank at the World Urban Forum 11 (WUF11)
JUNE 15, 2022
From Models to Mangroves: Using Climate Information to Design Effective Nature-Based Solutions

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
City Climate Finance Gap Fund aims to expand technical assistance to new cities
by Augustin Maria & Giulia Macagno
AUGUST 31, 2022
Three things we learned about poverty and flood risk from urban household data
by Alvina Elisabeth Erman
AUGUST 24, 2022
Transforming Nepal’s hydro and agrometeorological services to build resilience 
by Sulochana Nepali
AUGUST 24, 2022
Public-private collaboration facilitates the import of vaccines in Tonga
by Alina Monica Antoci
AUGUST 23, 2022
In COVID-era trash surge, waste management ingenuity, circularity, and investments are key
by Gianluca Forlanilamin Njie 
JULY 25, 2022
Making Yemen’s urban centers climate resilient
by Emily Margaret Owen,Pasquale Franzese, Jorge Villalpando Castro
JULY 25, 2022
No time to lose: The race against climate change and disasters through knowledge sharing
by Victor Mulas, Frederico Ferreira Fonse Pedroso, Hiromi Akiyama
JULY 15, 2022
Rethinking silver: Lessons from Japan’s age-ready cities
by Juergen Voegele
JUNE 27, 2022
Investing in cities today is the key for a resilient future
by Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst
JUNE 24, 2022
Digital skills training should be part of inclusive economic recovery in post-pandemic cities
by Swati Sachdeva
JUNE 16, 2022
Mapping urban poverty from space
by Megha Mukimalex, Alex Chunet 

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