In country after country in Sub-Saharan Africa, new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral deposits have been making headlines every other week it seems. When Ghana’s Jubilee oil field hits…

Makhtar Diop |

       High unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) largely reflects the growth deficit.  While China has been growing at 10 percent for a decade and has unemployment below 5…

Caroline Freund |

        Recent events across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have underscored the urgent need to ensure job creation and an enabling environment for a young and better-educated,…

Lida Bteddini |

The ocean represents transport, food, culture and livelihoods for people of the Pacific. A few years ago in Papua New Guinea on a holiday I was lucky enough to spend a day with a fisherman who…

Aleta Moriarty |

In South Tarawa, life takes place along a road. It is Kiribati’s capital and main atoll, made up of several small islands connected by a string of causeways. The atoll is about three meters above…

Laura Keenan |

Response to our invitation to talented young Arabic speakers to join our team here in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank has been tremendous. Thank you! We are excited to…

Inger Andersen |

This year, on World Malaria Day, April 25, the global health community has reason to celebrate. Indeed, thanks to substantial investments from partners and countries over the last decade, the…

Maryse Pierre-Louis |

As a junior member of the team who produced the forthcoming East Asia and Pacific companion to the World Development Report 2012 “Toward Gender Equality in East Asia and the Pacific”, I was…

Katherine Patrick |

We know that water and sanitation services do not always recover their costs from tariffs. So, if communities or governments are to maintain the infrastructure properly, they depend on the public…

Meike van Ginneken |