Women are notoriously underrepresented in the tech sector. Why is that, and how can we change the status quo? To find out, the World Bank invited 30 women leaders from Silicon Valley to share…

Alicia Hammond |

Photo: CIF Action/Flickr For most of us, watching the weather forecast on TV is an ordinary, risk-free and occasionally entertaining activity. The weatherman even makes jokes! But when your income…

Diego Arias |

Photo credit: STARS/Flickr Enabling a robust market for information and communications technologies (ICTs) is fundamental to rebuilding fragile and conflict affected states (FCSs) and addressing…

Mark Jamison |

A waste collection site in Dar es Salaam,   Tanzania. Photo: Cecilia Paradi-Guilford Plastic waste, in particular PET, which is typically found in soda bottles, is becoming abundant in African…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, Scott Henry |

“Digitization” is a relatively niche topic in within information and communication technology (ICT), but the demand for “digitization” in the development field has grown significantly over the…

Kaoru Kimura |

Challenge participants at the Negawatt Weekend kickoff on March 14.Photo: Alison Roadburg As a rapidly urbanizing capital, Accra, Ghana has been experiencing increased economic activity, coupled…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford |

The challenge gets underway at Nairobi's iHub. Photo: Anna Lerner/World Bank The Negawatt Challenge is is an open-innovation competition that will leverage a variety of cities’ rich …

Anna Lerner, Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond |

We are witnesses to the surge of tech startup ecosystems in cities around the world, in both developed and developing countries. In my previous blog post, I showed this trend and the studies that…

Victor Mulas |

Photo credit: Roman Kruglov / Flickr As part of our research of urban innovation ecosystems, our team has been working in New York City to identify successful policies to develop sustainable tech…

Victor Mulas, Hallie Applebaum |

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile phones, are increasingly seen as critical tools to improve public health and health outcomes in Africa. Several experiments,…

Samia Melhem |