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 |

Development economists know that how husbands and wives make decisions affects many outcomes: savings, time use, and investment in education, health,

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In the Kenyan village of Naro Moro in the foothills of Mount Kenya near lush forests, I recently met Josephine Wanjiru and other members of a women’s group she leads. The transformation in their…

Juliet Pumpuni |

À première vue il n’y en a guère… Et pourtant, toilettes et téléphones portables ont en commun de pouvoir contribuer à la satisfaction des besoins des plus démunis et à l’éradication de la…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

They both hold the potential to help meet the needs of the poor and end poverty. New ideas and innovative solutions are critical to address the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

What would you give up to continue using your mobile phone? For most of the six billion mobile subscribers around the world, the sacrifice might be measured in terms of a marginal loss of privacy…

Tim Kelly, Angela Crandall |

As our sturdy Land Cruiser inched its way down a precipitous dirt track, trying to descend from a high ridge into the Rift Valley, I wondered what might happen if we had an accident here in the…

Kavita Watsa |

Palo Alto and Bangalore may soon have to make room for Nairobi at the top of the tech startup world. Kenya, the setting for such success stories as M-PESA, is making a name for itself as the…

Charlene Coyukiat |

 When Churchill was asked for the secret of his long and healthy life, he famously quipped: “No sport!” (that was Winston, not Kenya’s beloved entertainer). The British PM would have been a poor…

Wolfgang Fengler |

Find a good longread on development? Tweet it to @worldbank with the hashtag #longreads. Food crisis warnings are getting louder, with many urging action to head off a repeat of 2007-08’s soaring…

Donna Barne |