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 |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

How can data be used to improve disease outbreak warning, urban planning, air quality, or agricultural production? Seven winning projects, which will receive support from the third round of…

World Bank Data Team |

In many countries, natural resources and extractive minerals are lucrative state assets that fail to contribute to economic prosperity. In resource-rich Africa, regulatory mismanagement,…

Cari Votava |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

In 2018, Madagascar is said to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Antananarivo is said to be the third dirtiest capital. Some diseases like the plague persist in the country, even in…

Claudia Navalonirina Raobelina |

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report 2018 (on which I was a co-author) highlighted…

David Evans |

An elementary student with an enumerator in Wewak, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: Kabira Namit / World Bank) So, you are about to start field research in education. Whether you are planning a…

Kabira Namit |

A woman tends to plants in a nursery in Sri Lanka. © Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank [[tweetable]]We face global challenges on an unprecedented scale[[/tweetable]]: climate change, natural disasters…

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Kristalina Georgieva |