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 |

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 |

Madagascar's tax collection as a share of GDP is just under 11 percent. Poor compliance by citizens who owe taxes remains a major reason for low tax collection. Mobile text reminders had a…

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Herilala Axel Fanomezantsoa, Fredrik Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon |

Computer science is a superpower. With coding knowledge, a little funding, a few laptops and their creative brains, a small team of African developers could create the next big thing. Why not? A…

Andry Ravololonjatovo |

The rise of blockchain promises to revolutionize many sectors, including cross-border trade logistics and global supply chains: blockchain can help track international shipments more effectively,…

Chi Fung Fan, Almud Weitz, Yin Lam |

  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 |

The wheels of justice turn slowly, so the saying goes. But can the use of expert witnesses help turn them a little faster? Or are they just cogs in the wheels? An expert witness is a person with a…

Gladys Senderayi, Tatjana Sofijanic, Olga Šipka |

Photo: LIC/Flickr No matter how you measure it, the impact of air pollution is startling. According to new research, air pollution worldwide cuts life expectancy by 1.8 years for an average person…

Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

In the classroom. Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Z. Mrdja/World Bank In terms of schooling, Serbia has made great strides in ensuring universal access to pre-primary, primary, and lower-secondary…

Harry A. Patrinos, Syedah Aroob Iqbal |