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 |

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 |

A year ago, Farzana had no idea that an online business would so drastically change her life. She was drowning in debt with no way of repaying, worrying about her family’s financial future.…

Miles McKenna |

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 |

In November 2016, we published the “Practical Guide for Measuring Retail Payment Costs”, an innovative methodology that can be customized to country needs and circumstances, without losing the…

Holti Banka |

Pitch competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg. Photo Credit: World Bank In the decade since mobile money first sparked international interest in African innovation,…

Ganesh Rasagam, Mutoni Karasanyi |

“What can we do today to prepare students for the labor force in 20 years?” the director general of Israel’s Ministry of Finance, Shai Babad, asked. At an Annual Meetings event last Friday, Babad…

Mutoni Karasanyi |

For decades, various governments around the world have used trade-distorting policies (tariff and non-tariff barriers) to support the development of local automotive industries that would not have…

Priyam Saraf |

Surrounded by hardened fan manufacturers in the city of Gujranwala, 70 kilometers north of Lahore, the task facing our World Bank Group team was to convince them that more efficient fans, to be…

Saima Zuberi, Etienne Kechichian |

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 |