The effects of continuous and seemingly limitless expansion of urban areas are taking a toll on many, if not most, cities of Sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly apparent in Tanzania’s…

Eric Dickson, Franka van Marrewijk |

Mwajuma* was 15 in rural Shinyanga when her parents informed her she would not be going to school anymore – she was getting married. She never objected. Several of her peers had similarly had…

Quentin Wodon, Loy Nabeta |

Also available in: French | English | Español | Arabic Apesar do enorme progresso feito para que mais crianças estejam em sala de aula, estamos no meio de uma crise global de aprendizagem, onde um…

Ezequiel Molina, Adelle Pushparatnam, Tracy Wilichowski |

Also available in: French | Español | Portuguese | Arabic   Despite tremendous progress in getting children into the classroom, we are experiencing a global learning crisis, where a large share of…

Ezequiel Molina, Adelle Pushparatnam, Tracy Wilichowski |

Dar es Salaam’s growing population is increasingly at risk of flooding. Photo: Chris Morgan/World Bank The Msimbazi River makes a volatile neighbor. With depressing regularity, the river breaks…

Alexandra Panman, Ian Madison, Jean-Benoît Falisse |

“African participants visit modern container port in Ningbo, China. Photo credit World Bank” This September I traveled to Beijing and Ningbo, China, to participate in the second Africa China World…

Girma Woldetsadik |

Photo by World/Bank The purpose of any education system is to equip learners with the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life. Currently, East Asia is home to seven of the top ten…

Raja Bentaouet Kattan, May Bend |

Stephan Gladieu/World Bank Last week we saw two Ivorian women, Murielle Ahouré and Marie-Josée Ta Lou, fly past the finish line in a historic one-two finish in the 60 meters sprint at the World…

Makhtar Diop |

Tanzania is not a country one would ordinarily expect to find in the ranks of the water- stressed. It hosts, or shares, at least eleven freshwater lakes, and is home to countless rivers, including…

Bella Bird |

Developing countries like Tanzania are experiencing an unforeseen youth bulge—a high proportion of young people aged 15 to 24. Sadly, this growth is not matched by an equivalent rise in economic…

Edgar Buberwa |