A detailed map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Open Street Map Amateur mappers the world over have long known that they can support global development, from the comfort of their homes,…

Charles Fox, Benjamin Stewart |

The markets for rural energy access and internet connectivity are ripe for disruption – and increasingly, we’re seeing benefit from combining the offerings.   Traditionally, power and broadband…

Anna Lerner, Roku Fukui, Doyle Gallegos |

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 |

All around the world, governments are recognizing the value and potential of Open Data. This is clear from the G8’s adoption of an Open Data Charter in June 2013 (with the G20 likely to follow…

Roza Vasileva |

(Note: China and India were broken out in this graph due to the distorting effect of their populations on the estimations per region.) According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

Information and communication technology (ICT) has become an engine of growth and is opening up major opportunities for transformational change. This technological revolution is driven by a…

Nagy K. Hanna |

In a recent post on digital identities, we argued that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be a force multiplier in achieving the World Bank’s goals of ending extreme poverty…

Randeep Sudan, Shin Shim Lee |

On entering World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, the words “Our Dream is a World Free of Poverty” are prominently displayed on a wall near the main entrance.

Randeep Sudan, Shin Shim Lee |

What would you give up to continue using your mobile phone? For most of the six billion mobile subscribers around the world, the sacrifice might be measured in terms of a marginal loss of privacy…

Tim Kelly, Angela Crandall |