The world is beset by crises that are reshaping societies, economies, healthcare systems, transport and workplaces. Many parts of our lives are changing. The greatest challenges, such as COVID-19, climate change, poverty and equality, will require larger investments and more partnerships as this decade progresses. No single institution can meet the world’s needs for innovation and cooperation. EIB Global Report: The Story illustrates why we created a new development branch by telling more than a dozen stories that discuss how we can meet challenges in areas such as gender equality, innovation, vaccines and green energy.