Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience

Case study

Indonesia’s Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM), 2007–12

How can a successful community-driven development program in Indonesia be extended to hard-to-reach and remote geographic locations, expand its focus beyond physical infrastructure to address social needs, such as health and education, and be reformed to better serve stigmatized and disenfranchised population segments? 

Case study

Solving Complex Technical and Institutional Problems to Improve Urban Traffic Flow in Wuhan, China

This case study reviews Wuhan’s experience in traffic management and its impact on improving traffic flows and safety, with a focus on two critical components: area traffic control systems and intersection channelization, which were implemented between 2000 and 2013. Those interventions provide lessons on the implementation of complex technical systems and the importance of institutional arrangements and capacity building in tackling traffic problems.

Case study

How to Support Urban Microentrepreneurs: The Vida Melhor Program

This case study investigates the Vida Melhor (A Better Life) Program that the Bahia state government in Brazil launched in 2011 to promote the social and productive inclusion of disadvantaged (low-income, also called “popular”) entrepreneurs, and highlights how a governmental social policy can interact with and provide services to a highly vulnerable, unorganized sector. 

Practitioner

Jan Weetjens

Practitioner

Susanne Holste

Multimedia

Can We Really Capture Tacit Knowledge? by Dan Honig

In this video, Dan Honig from John Hopkins University shares his ideas about the challenges of capturing tacit knowledge, whether feedback loops already incorporate tacit knowledge or not, and discusses the tools and techniques that he has used in the past to gather feedback and implicit knowledge to improve delivery. 

Practitioner

Tara Vishwanath

Tara Vishwanath is a Lead Economist in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group of the World Bank. She coordinates work in the region on poverty, gender and impact evaluation.

Practitioner

Niels B. Holm-Nielsen

Niels Holm-Nielsen is Regional Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Bank. Niels joined the Latin America group as a Disaster Risk Management specialist in 2008 from MENA.

Practitioner

Barjor E. Mehta

Barjor Mehta is currently the Lead Urban Specialist with the East Asia Urban team based in Beijing, China and a Co-Global Lead of the City Management, Governance and Finance Global Solutions Group.

Practitioner

Paul Kriss

As the Global Leader for Sustainable Infrastructure and Services at the World Bank Group, Paul hopes to be able to provide value and help cities deal with their enormous challenges by successfully integrating the planning, social, technical and financial aspects of urban development.