On March 15, Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe and we were faced with a twofold challenge. First, how would we design a disaster recovery solution that could deliver both quick yet sustainable results to…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Ayaz Parvez |

Zimbabwe has faced hard times since the early 2000s, interrupted by only a brief period of recovery between 2009 and 2012. In recent months, food shortages, high inflation and power outages have…

Rob Swinkels |

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

  The Richtersveld Community Conservancy on the south border of the Richtersveld National Park in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Photo: John Hogg/World Bank  This week I was at the G7…

Karin Erika Kemper |

It is impressive to see that there are more than 202 public entities applying behavioral insights to their policies today. In 2015, the World Bank became one such entity that began to explore the…

Carolina Sánchez-Páramo, Renos Vakis, Zeina Afif |

Women’s property rights are an important development issue, not only for women’s empowerment but to also improve human capital outcomes for families – for example, improved children’s health and…

Albena Reshitaj, Aanchal Anand |

The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019 is now above 1, 000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10, 000 people lost…

Abhas Jha |

The way schooling is mostly framed in Africa attracts people to employment especially conforming in few fields such as medicine, law, engineering, and accounting. There is little or no emphasis on…

Tatenda Magetsi |

A boy at work in a maize field, Ethiopia.  Photo credit: C. Robinson/CIMMYT How do young rural Africans engage in the rural economy? How important is farming relative to non-farm activities and…

Jerome Bossuet |