Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

It is estimated that every day Nairobi generates 3, 000 tons of waste; 12% is plastic. At the same time, the demand for new houses is growing at a rate of 600 per day. Innovative climate…

Justine White, Lisanne Heemskerk, Marjolijn Wilmink |

Helen Mwangi and her solar-powered water pump in Kenya © infoDev/World Bank Managers of initiatives that support innovative entrepreneurs have a choice to spread their resources (and luck) among…

Jean-Louis Racine |

A new global network of Climate Innovation Centers will support the most innovative private-sector solutions for climate change.   Pop quiz: What does an organic leather wallet have in common with…

Jana Malinska, Hillary Eason |

Jean-Marie Gaborit has been operating his beautiful wetland lodge in the Delta de Saloum in Senegal for 12 years, but he says things have never been so quiet. The European winter months are…

Hermione Nevill |

Growing up, I always dreaded to enter my grandmother’s kitchen in the village. She used firewood to cook: There was such a dark, thick smoke in the room that I couldn’t breathe or keep my eyes…

Edward Mungai |

Private sector development (PSD) plays a crucial role in post-conflict economic development and poverty alleviation. Fragile states, however, face major challenges, such as difficult access to…

Steve Utterwulghe |

Palo Alto and Bangalore may soon have to make room for Nairobi at the top of the tech startup world. Kenya, the setting for such success stories as M-PESA, is making a name for itself as the…

Charlene Coyukiat |