UPDATE: Watch an interview on the report I gave to CNBC Today the World Bank launched its first “Kenya Economic Update” and we want to use this opportunity to launch the  blog “Kenya Can … End…

Wolfgang Fengler |

An article in Saturday’s New York Times entitled “Violence Grips South Sudan as Vote Nears” reminded me of a 2008 research paper by Ibrahim Elbadawi, Gary Milante and Constantino Pischadda which…

Shanta Devarajan |

For the first time since the beginning of the crisis, the Government spent massively in October through a combination of debt-service and investment outlays. Over the next few months, the new…

Noro Andriamihaja |

Le déclin économique à Madagascar s’inscrit dans la durée. Depuis 1980, il n’y a que 7 pays en développement qui ont reporté une croissance de leur revenu par habitant moindre que Madagascar.…

Jacques Morisset |

There is considerable evidence that Africa is the continent that will be hit the first, most and worst by climate change.  Agricultural productivity,  already among the world’s lowest, could in…

Shanta Devarajan |

At the recent Africa Economic Conference, UN under-secretary general and executive secretary of UNECA, Abdoulie Janneh, said "[Africa’s] previous growth, while benefiting from improved…

Shanta Devarajan |

Many of the objections to my blog post, “Another reason why aid to Africa must increase”  centered around corruption.  “I disagree.  Africa needs to get rid of corruption…” said one commentator,…

Shanta Devarajan |

In the face of numerous constraints, there is always a solution! Photo taken by Mahamadou Djibou, in Niamey, Niger.

Shanta Devarajan |

Not a day passes without somebody asking me about the impact of the global financial crisis on Africa's poverty reduction efforts. So I thought I would share this interview I recently did for…

Shanta Devarajan |

If recent trends persisted during September, three new developments seem to indicate a deterioration in public finance and economic activities: (i)  the Government borrowed on the domestic…

Noro Andriamihaja |