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Sustainability and Infrastructure

November 16, 2020

Lasting poverty reduction requires sustainable natural resource management as well as infrastructure development. This research program encompasses energy, environment, land, agriculture, water, climate change, biodiversity, and urbanization.

Featured Research


COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect?
Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, Kibrom Tafere
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9475, November 2020

The Rural-Urban Divide and Intergenerational Educational Mobility in a Developing Country: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia
Md Nazmul Ahsan, M. Shahe Emran, Forhad Shilpi
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9464, November 2020

Political Dividends of Digital Participatory Governance: Evidence from Moscow Pothole Management
Nisan Gorgulu, Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Jevgenijs Steinbuks
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9445, October 2020

Supporting Carbon Tax Implementation in Developing Countries through Results-Based Payments for Emissions Reductions
Jon Strand
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9443, October 2020

Global Technology for Local Monitoring of Air Pollution in Dhaka
Susmita Dasgupta, M. Khaliquzzaman, David Wheeler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9429, October 2020

Modeling and Predicting the Spread of Covid-19: Comparative Results for the United States, the Philippines, and South Africa
Susmita Dasgupta and David Wheeler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9419, October 2020

More Working Papers


Personality Traits, Technology Adoption, and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Smallholder Rice Farms in Ghana
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Derick Bowen, Klaus Deininger
The Journal of Development Studies 56 (Issue 7): 1330-1348, 2020 | Working Paper Version

Children Left Behind in China: The Role of School Fees
Hai-Anh H. Dang, Yang Huang, Harris Selod
IZA Journal of Development and Migration 11 (Issue 1): March 2020 | Working Paper Version

Co-Location, Socioeconomic Status and Perceptions of Environmental Change in the Indian Sundarbans
Susmita Dasgupta, Bansari Guha, David Wheeler
Ecology, Economy and Society–the INSEE Journal 3 (1), 2020 | Working Paper Version

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    Coping with Climate Change in the Sundarbans: Lessons from Multidisciplinary Studies

    November 2020
    Climate change is a major threat to the Sundarbans — the world’s largest remaining contiguous mangrove forest — wetland of international importance, and the surrounding poor communities whose livelihoods depend on its natural resources. This book synthesizes multiyear, multidisciplinary studies that assess the vulnerability of this ecosystem and its neighboring coastal communities and recommend “resilient-smart” adaptation measures. The methods and findings will be of interest to development practitioners, policy makers, and researchers focused on island nations and countries worldwide that feature high density populations and economic activity in low-lying coastal regions vulnerable to sea-level rise.