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 |

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 |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

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 |

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing Initiative supports agriculture insurance programs which unlock critical assess to credit for low-income farmers in Kenya, as well as in Uganda and Rwanda. Photo…

Hugo Wesley, Lorenzo Piccio |

When it does not rain, people starve. This is the reality for many farmers in the Sahel—and across the globe—and the situation is only becoming more dire due to climate change. Yet, during a…

Raúl Alfaro-Pelico, Sarah Bashford Lynagh, Jennifer Ehidiamen |

Aerial view looking south toward the Gulf of Mexico down the Wax Lake Delta, Louisiana. Photo © Carlton Ward Jr.   New York City faced a challenge in the 1990s: the city needed a new water…

Andrea Erickson |

Also available in: Spanish Road with independent space for pedestrians, cyclists and cars in San Isidro. Photo: World Bank We all have an intuitive sense that pedestrians are particularly…

Irene Portabales González, Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Juan Miguel Velásquez |

For thousands of years, the Niger River has been the lifeblood for not only Niger, but also its neighboring countries in the Niger River Basin. Yet, even as many Nigeriens depend on the mighty…

Vivien Deparday, Lorenzo Piccio |

Photo: Tony Salas | Flickr Creative Commons In my home state of California in the United States, major drought-fueled wildfires tore across the state in the latter half of 2017 setting records for…

Sunny Kaplan |