Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

Also available in: Français | Mongolian ©2014 David Waldorf/World Bank   For several years during my childhood, I helped my mother plant vegetables and harvest crops on an urban farm in the…

Rentsenkhand “Handaa” Enkh-Amgalan |

Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. Poor people are not only more vulnerable to climate-related shocks, but they also have fewer resources to prevent, cope with, and adapt to disasters. The…

Monica Vidili |

Also available in: Français What is it like to set up and run an incubator as a woman? The answer, much like anywhere else in the world for working women, is that it’s complicated. In many…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

Also available in: Français As we saw in our second blog, [[tweetable]]entrepreneurship plays a critical role in promoting sustainable growth[[/tweetable]]. Yet, in many West-African countries,…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

Also available in: Français Across West Africa, it’s very difficult to find a workplace as innovative and diverse as business incubators. Known for their young, energized, and often gender-…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

Billions of US dollars have been spent—by governments, microfinance organizations, and NGOs—on training the owners of small businesses. Traditional programs typically aim to teach practices such…

David McKenzie, Markus Goldstein |

There is inadequate encouragement of girls to pursue math and science in school. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank) UNESCO estimates that barely 30 percent of Africa’s women pursue research in…

Madiha Waris Qureshi |

She is described as having strong ideas. A spirited and energetic girl who dreams of a big future, Shams helps children and encourages them to learn and play. But Shams is not a real child. She is…

Bassam Sebti |