How can we better serve urban refugees?

The world is in the midst of a historic refugee crisis. In 2015, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced—19.5 million of them international refugees living outside their home countries.

Olympics remind us of the importance of local governance

As the world’s great athletes and brave tourists descend on Rio for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil’s political troubles and urban infrastructure are also in the spotlight.

In Tanzania, can more service provider accountability improve service delivery?

Tanzania's lack of accountability in the public-health and education sectors has serious repercussions for local communities. What does it take to make accountability the norm rather than the exception?

What keeps cities in Asia and Africa from effective public service delivery?

Despite the well-documented economic potential of cities, most national public policy systems do not give local governments much scope to improve service delivery.

Three top priorities for the White House Summit on Global Development

The event is an opportunity to demonstrate global leadership in an increasingly isolationist moment.

Can you tackle poverty without taking on place?

As poor people become increasingly concentrated in poor neighborhoods, breaking the link between poverty and place will be critical to any federal antipoverty plan.

Six lessons on what works in supporting women-owned businesses

The full realization of women’s economic potential is essential for achieving the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which will drive the global development agenda until 2030.

World Refugee Day: A stark reminder

In the past few years, new or intensifying sources of oppression, war, and destruction have accelerated the rate at which people are fleeing their home countries.

To foster sustainable development, cities need data—and permission to use it

When cities in developing countries lack authority to administer services or raise revenues, data analysis may help expose local problems, but it won’t solve them.

Putting politics into international development? It’s about time

For too long, aid programs operated with the convenient fiction that assistance work was purely technical. But to succeed, aid programs need to pay attention to politics.