In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

Growing a business is not easy, and for women firm owners the challenges can be acute, especially when they are poor and run subsistence level firms. In developing countries, 22 percent of women…

Mayra Buvinic, Joao Montalvao, Amy Copley |

The new Doing Business ranking places Sri Lanka at 100 out of 190 economies, compared with 111 last year. This year Sri Lanka made it easier for businesses to register property, obtain permits,…

Duvindi Illankoon |

  Rikweda, an Afghan fruit processing company in the Kabul Province is well on its way to restoring Afghanistan as a raisin exporting powerhouse—a status the country held until the 1970s when it…

Hartwig Schafer |

احتلت لوسي أوديوا المركز الأول في مبادرة "هي وأهداف التنمية المستدامة" ، وهي من رائدات الأعمال في تنزانيا. وتقوم شركتها، Women choice Industries على تعزيز أساليب أكثر أمانًا واستدامة…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |

Où que vos voyages vous mènent dans le monde, vous verrez des femmes en action dans tous les secteurs de l’économie et de la société, que ce soit dans l’agriculture, la santé, le commerce, l’…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |

Lucy Odiwa, una empresaria en Tanzanía cuya empresa promueve métodos más seguros y más sostenibles para el manejo de la higiene de la salud menstrual (MHM) ganó el primer lugar en el concurso SDGs…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |

Lucy Odiwa, an entrepreneur in Tanzania whose firm, promotes safer and more sustainable methods for handling menstrual health hygiene management (MHM) won the first place in the SDGs&Her…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |

Access to finance was the major constraint to starting or growing a household enterprise. Photo: Odette Maciel Non-farm household enterprises provide an important opportunity for employment in…

Julia Granata, Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Odette Maciel, Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad |

In 2017, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka grew to over $1, 710 billion. But Sri Lanka still has ways to go to attract more FDI. Credit: Shutterstock  To facilitate Foreign Direct…

Tatiana Nenova |