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 |

When I asked a table of Nigerian bankers whether corporate debt to finance solar off-grid and mini grid companies would find favor in local capital markets, they literally laughed at the idea. No…

Jonathan Coony |

A new solar hybrid  mini grid, built by ACOB Lighting in Nigeria’s Bayan Fada community, will generate power for about 1, 350 people. Photo: Alexander Obiechina, CEO of ACOB Lighting Technology…

Sunita Chikkatur Dubey, Catherine Morris |

Photo: UNSOM/Flickr Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu is defined by a complex mix of challenges and opportunities. Despite political and economic struggles, Somalis are innovating to break the…

Roku Fukui, Christopher James Arderne |

We’re pleased to announce support for 12 projects which seek to improve the way development data are produced, managed, and used. They bring together diverse teams of collaborators from around the…

World Bank Data Team |

Bisanti villagers in Nigeria appreciating first time access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity through the solar mini grid system. Photo credit: Simi Vijay Photography©/for the…

Sunita Chikkatur Dubey, Ashish Shrestha |

Photo: CIFOR | Flickr Creative Commons  Africa is a continent rich in natural resources and boasts a large young, ambitious, and entrepreneurial-minded population. Harnessed properly, these…

Fida Rana, Chidi Izuwah |

The dramatic decrease in the cost of renewable energy technologies seen in recent years presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our access to energy—and create employment in the process.…

Abdishakur Ahmed |

Also available in: Français | Español | العربية The premise behind the Sustainable Cities photo competition was simple. [[tweetable]]We wanted to learn what people around the world “see” when they…

Xueman Wang, Dini Djalal |

Evaluating the optimal way to expand electricity access across a country is difficult, especially in countries where energy related data is scarce and not centralized. Geospatial plans informing…

Dimitris Mentis, Chiara Odetta Rogate, Yann Tanvez |