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 |

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 |

In countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal…

Martin Spicer, Franck Bousquet |

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 force of digitalization is driving the global economy, creating distinct groups of leaders and laggards. Through institutional reform that leverages the advantages of digitalization, the…

Carlo Maria Rossotto, Marolla Haddad |

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 |