Even in the most challenging places, investment and growth are possible. And of all the places most in need of development, the Sahel must sit near the top of the list.

Aliou Maiga |

One of the challenges presented by the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the UN 2030 Agenda is where to begin. Afrobarometer, which conducts public attitude surveys in…

E. Gyimah-Boadi |

Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

Map 1: Spatial distribution of Burkina Faso's portfolio With nearly half of the population (or approximately 8 million people) living in extreme poverty, Burkina Faso is poised to make…

Johannes Hoogeveen, Nga Thi Viet Nguyen, Cheick Fantamady Kante |

“Tell me where you live, and I can predict how well you’ll do in life.”  Does welfare vary largely across space?   Although I don’t have a crystal ball, I do know for a fact that location is an…

Nga Thi Viet Nguyen, Felipe F. Dizon |

School children in Kingston, Jamaica. Strong public financial management affects all facets of government spending, including education. Photo credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant  Finance ministers,…

Samia Msadek |

In recent years, growing evidence supports the value of cash transfers. Research demonstrates that cash transfers lead to productive investments (in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia), that they improve…

David Evans |

Food price volatility remains a pressing challenge for many African countries (FAO, IMF, and UNCTAD, 2011).  The vast majority of Africa’s population still derives a substantial share of their…

Moctar NDiaye, Elodie Maître d’Hôtel, Tristan Le Cotty |

For economists, it is borderline redundant to say that corruption has economic origins—classic and contemporary work has long held the belief that higher salaries are better for corruption. Due to…

Kweku Opoku Agyemang |

Gaza. Displaced persons. Photo: © Natalia Cieslik / World Bank From civil wars in Mali and Iraq to urban crime in Central America, perceptions of injustice are central to fueling violence and…

Hassane Cisse, Betty Bigombe |