Severe droughts are regular, cyclical events in the ‘Great South’ of Madagascar. In this beautiful, but arid region the country’s poorest people have become accustomed to bracing for the onset of…

Laura B. Rawlings |

I was born and raised in Cote d’Ivoire, a majestic but vulnerable coastal country. I know all too well how coastal livelihoods and communities have been shattered by intense flooding, poorly built…

Simeon Ehui |

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and we’re in the dead of winter in Antananarivo. It is still dark out, and cold. I don my jacket and go in search of Patricia Ravaoarisoa,…

Diana Styvanley |

Worldwide, the percentage of stocks fished at biologically unsustainable levels tripled - from 10 percent in 1974 to 33.1 percent in 2015. Nearly 60% are fished at the maximum sustainable level.…

Amanda Jerneck, Simeao Lopes |

In less than 6 weeks between March and April 2019, Mozambique was affected by two major cyclones which caused extraordinary levels of impact in the poorest provinces of the country.

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Michel Matera |

The experience of Bangladesh is a microcosm of the larger trend in global extreme poverty. Several countries at various levels of development have shown in the last few decades that it is possible…

Carolina Sánchez-Páramo |

Informed decision making requires timely and relevant evidence. This holds for national decision makers as well as development practitioners. Here at the World Bank...

Silvia Malgioglio, Nobuo Yoshida, Johannes Hoogeveen |

As the Malagasy government finalizes its “Plan émergence” to generate high, sustainable and more inclusive growth, it faces a crucial question: how will it finance the associated scaling up of…

Marc Stocker |

Thanks to the Niger Irrigation Program (NIP) farmers in Niger now have access to solar-powered drip irrigation technology, enabling them to produce more with less water and energy, improving their…

Caitriona Palmer |

Even in the most challenging places, investment and growth are possible. And of all the places most in need of development, the Sahel must sit near the top of the list.

Aliou Maiga |