Also available in: Français Brainstorming session at the Bamako Policy Hackathon. Photo: World Bank What would happen if you put all the relevant players for the entrepreneurial ecosystem —…

Alexandre Laure, Jon Stever |

Also available in: Français Entrepreneurs participating in the e-Takara competition to address specific challenges expressed by Nigerien public administrations. Credit: Niger Digital “The training…

Alexandre Laure, Simon Duchatelet |

When I asked a table of Nigerian bankers whether corporate debt to finance solar off-grid and mini grid companies would find favor in local capital markets, they literally laughed at the idea. No…

Jonathan Coony |

The global economy is stagnating, and uncertainty about its future is rising. These trends weigh heavily on countries that depend on the production and export of a small range of products, or that…

Cecile Fruman |

Image: CC Pixabay South Korea today has the fourth largest economy in Asia, is a member of the OECD’s “Rich Club, ” and is part of the G20.  Despite sharp economic shocks emanating from the Asian…

Simon Bell |

Value addition through manufacturing has been a major focus of economic policymakers across the world, and at times with remarkable success, most famously in East Asia. Initial ‘Asian miracles’ in…

Aref Adamali |

In Mozambique in 2003, it took an entrepreneur 168 days to start a business. Today, it takes only 19 days. That kind of transformation has major implications for ambitious men and women who are…

Cecile Fruman |

Also available in: Français | العربية | 中文 | Español ​In 1964, I came to the United States from South Korea, then an extremely poor developing country that most experts, including those at the…

Jim Yong Kim |

Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) impressive growth over the past decade or so has been matched by its equally impressive showing on the World Bank Group's "Doing Business" index. In 2012…

Aref Adamali, David Bridgman |

At the World Free Zone Convention in Izmir, Turkey, which I attended in December, an important question was asked:  Have "Special Economic Zones" entered the 21st Century?  Evidence…

Martin Norman |