This brief presents a study aiming to enhance the state's capacity to assess long-term effects of drought and increase resilience to drought risks at state, district, and community levels.

What is the human cost of the global economic crisis? This
Global Monitoring Report: The MDGs after the Crisis,
examines the impact of the worst recession since the Great
Depression on poverty and human development outcomes in
developing countries. Although the recovery is under way, the
impact of the crisis will be lasting and immeasurable. The

Three out of four poor people in the developing world live in rural areas, and most of them depend—directly or indirectly—on agriculture for their livelihoods. Providing economic services, such as agricultural extension, is essential for using agriculture for development.

This analysis presents age-specific patterns of child mortality among India

Government Support to Agricultural Insurance informs public and private decision makers involved in agricultural insurance about recent developments, with a particular focus on middle- and low-income countries.

Environment Matters, the annual review on the environment by the World Bank Group, highlights the environmental research, accomplishments, and challenges of the Bank's Regions in the past year. Environment Matters 2009 focuses on the importance of biodiversity conservation in sustaining livelihoods and reducing poverty. Biodiversity underpins every aspect of human life.

This paper assesses the high financial vulnerability to the impacts of extreme weather events of national governments, in particular developing countries and small island states.

Transboundary watercourses pose a variety of challenges to the management of water resources. Basin-wide management approaches often clash with state sovereignty. Efforts in cooperatively managing shared water resources are therefore of great importance for the sustainable management of transboundary river and lake basins.

This new book argues for the ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change, as such strategies can offer cost-effective, sustainable solutions contributing to and complementing other national & regional adaptation strategies.

The Global Development Finance 2010: External Debt of Developing Countries provides comprehensive data from 128 developing countries showing the impact of the financial crisis on their access to international capital flows.