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 |

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 |

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 |

Climate Business Innovation Network participants at the end of a workshop held in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo © World Bank How do you empower local entrepreneurs to advance bottom-up solutions…

Samantha Power, Jin Lee |

Recent World Bank investment climate surveys find that the top two constraints for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are access to finance and access to energy. Given that SMEs…

Simon Bell, Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies, Jonathan Coony |

“This can’t be Karamoja, ” I thought, looking around me.  I had read the reports, which focus on the vulnerability and poverty of this region in northern Uganda, home to the Karamojong, a nomadic…

Barry Maher |

Also available in: Français A World Bank Group team set out to answer the questions: Who are Moroccan green entrepreneurs, and what is the entrepreneurial landscape they operate in? They found…

Rosa Lin, Justine White |

How a new green business facility in South Africa is connecting local companies to the global green economy Traditional trade mission functions are becoming obsolete. Over hors d'oeuvres,…

Aman Baboolal, Justine White |

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 |

High-risk areas for natural disasters are home to 5 billion out of the 7 billion total people on our planet. Overall [[tweetable]]global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or…

Antoine Bavandi, Upmanu Lall, Benedikt Lukas Signer |