Niger, a landlocked country in the Sahel region of Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. With high prevalence of child marriage and early childbearing, Niger currently has a…

Luc Razafimandimby, Vinaya Swaroop |

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 |

In many countries, natural resources and extractive minerals are lucrative state assets that fail to contribute to economic prosperity. In resource-rich Africa, regulatory mismanagement,…

Cari Votava |

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 |

Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

Climate change imposes stark challenges in West and Central Africa, where droughts and floods are already frequent. Vast portions of the region’s populations are poor, dependent on natural…

Jennifer J. Sara |

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 |

Kandadji Dam site in December 2012 It’s the classic conundrum that governments typically grapple with. Which projects are most beneficial in the long-term? How do large, expensive projects impact…

Niger Macroeconomic and Fiscal Team |