This report analyzes the access, service quality, operational efficiency, and tariff levels of more than 65 large water PPP projects (representing more than 100 million people) over 15 years in different regions. Its goal is to contribute to a better understanding of how to tackle the many challenges of providing water and sanitation services to urban populations in the developing world.

In developing countries, the progress of large populations is held up because of a lack of access to the energy required for long-term economic and social development. This past year has seen dramatic volatility in oil prices. Volatile energy prices are impacting energy security, balance of payments, inflation, and economic growth.

In the midst of the most severe global financial crisis in decades, the World Bank today urged the international community to look to Latin America for innovative solutions to avert a climate crisis.

This report offers an original perspective on HIV and AIDS as a development issue in South Asia, a region with a heterogeneous epidemic and estimated national HIV prevalence rates of up to 0.5 percent. The analysis challenges the common perception of HIV and AIDS, which has been shaped to a large extent by analysis of HIV and AIDS in regions with much higher prevalence rates.

To achieve efficacy in scale up efforts, different approaches are likely to be appropriate for different countries and interventions.

Lakes and reservoirs are the world

In October 2008, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted the Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change (SFDCC). The document was developed in consultation with, and endorsed by, governments of 185 member countries.

Global Economic Prospects 2009: Commodities at the Crossroads analyzes the implications of the crisis for low-and middle-income countries, including an in-depth look at long-term prospects for global commodity markets and the policies of both commodity producing and consuming nations. Developing countries face sharply higher borrowing costs and reduced access to capital.

A draft of the South Asia Region Climate Change Strategy. Aimed at supporting the development priorities of south asian nations by addressing climate-change related risks and opportunities, focuses on adaptation and climate impacts on economic growth and poverty reduction.

This report notes that the global financial crisis is expected to reverse the MDG achievements made by some countries thus far and to impair future MDG progress. The report warns that, although the Millennium Development Goals are still reachable by 2015, a reduction of investments for social services may limit this option.