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A woman wearing a hard hat is walking on a construction site that is flooded in rain water.

2019: IFC Projects in Pictures

Mobile phones, satellite mapping, and other technologies can help the world better prepare for – and respond to – disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and landslides.

A baker in Elbasan (city near Tirana) sells a typical dessert for a summer day.

The role of a debt manager is similar to that of a baker, who is asked to prepare a pie: he or she can choose to add sugar and fat to please the customer, or figure out the right mix of the ingredients to deliver a healthy, but still tasty pie. 

Do you send money home to your family overseas? If so, you’re contributing to the global flow of remittances, or as the World Bank’s Dilip Ratha calls them, “dollars wrapped with care”.

chart depicting national carbon pricing initiatives (as of 2019).

As this decade comes to an end, the world has seen progress on many fronts: the poorest countries have greater access to water, electricity, and sanitation; poverty and child mortality have fallen; technology has spread far and wide. But we’ve also broken the wrong kinds of records: more people were forcibly displaced than any other time in history; carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit an all-time high; biodiversity is declining at an accelerating rate. Here are 14 charts highlighting some achievements and challenges.

Students listen to their teacher while in class in Beirut, Lebanon.

Today, there are more refugees than directly after World War II. The World Bank is helping refugees and host communities directly. Also, by addressing the underlying drivers of conflict, it's aiming to reduce factors causing people to flee their homes.

Fishermen, families, hotel owners, and coastal farmers are all sounding an alarm: North Africa’s coast has reached its tipping point. Coastal hotspots in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, for a start, are “absolutely exhausted” from overfishing and coastal erosion.

men working with shovels

Out of 114 measured, 15 countries experienced the largest annual average percentage point declines in extreme poverty rate between 2000 and 2015. In each of these countries, an average of at least 1.6% of the population moved out of extreme poverty every year. Tanzania, Tajikistan and Chad top the list.

A collage of photos dispersed among blocks of solid colors depicting women and men of all walks of life doing business.

Explore the economy data, which provide objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies. Doing Business 2020 - Sustaining the pace of reforms.

Innayatou Souradji watched her mother and grandmother work hard at home and in the fields without having the opportunity to go to school. She is determined not to follow that same path and dreams of becoming a doctor when she finishes her studies.

The world faces an invisible crisis of water quality. Its impacts are wider, deeper, and more uncertain than previously thought and require urgent attention.