Burkina Faso has embarked on a journey to put public data infrastructure at the heart of social and economic development. But what does this mean? And why should ICT and digital data be a priority…

Samia Melhem, Axel Rifon, Pierre Chrzanowski, Abdoul Malick Tapsoba |

  [[tweetable]]Digital opportunities are the fuel of the new economy. They have significant impact on both the economy and society.[[/tweetable]] They contribute to growth, create jobs, are a key…

Boutheina Guermazi |

Back in June I rushed to take a front seat at one of the World Bank conference rooms to hear Dr. Hans Rosling speak. We had met years ago in Moldova, and just like last time, his talk was sharp,…

Luda Bujoreanu |

  Photo: Cilmi Waare/Radio Mogadishu Somalia’s ICT sector – particularly mobile communications – is already one of the brightest spots in its economy. It could soon reach a tipping point where…

Rachel Firestone, Tim Kelly, Axel Rifon |

What is online outsourcing, and how could countries leverage it to create new jobs for youth and women? Those are questions we will help answer as part of an upcoming report and toolkit. The World…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, Siou Chew Kuek |

“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 |

Literally translated Burkina Faso means “land of the upright people.” It has long been one of West Africa’s most stable countries, despite having one of world’s lowest GDPs and being surrounded by…

Liz Carolan |

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (center) and Minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana (left) work with children during the recent "Smart Rwanda Days" conference in Kigali. “Smart” is in. So is…

Samia Melhem, Arleen Seed, Roger Burks |

Nigeria's Ministry of Communication Technology is advancing a wide range of ICT initiatives, ​including a National Broadband Development Plan.  Nations cannot be competitive, innovate and…

Luda Bujoreanu |