Clearly, Africa’s strong reform drive is cause for celebration. The sober truth, however, is that the world’s most difficult places for businesses are still largely found in Africa

Hafez Ghanem, Sérgio Pimenta |

The Critical Occupations List in Malaysia monitors occupational shortages and addresses these gaps for the future of the country’s labor market.

Harry Edmund Moroz |

A new study in Kenya shows not only increased labor market participation, but higher earnings and shifts in employment when mothers are offered subsidized daycare.

Markus Goldstein |

A boy at work in a maize field, Ethiopia.  Photo credit: C. Robinson/CIMMYT How do young rural Africans engage in the rural economy? How important is farming relative to non-farm activities and…

Jerome Bossuet |

East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

OpenStreetMap of Kenya Kenya is well known for its innovation in technology, particularly mobile technology in cash transfers. These innovations have largely been championed by the private sector…

Rose Wanjiru |

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 |

Photo: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank The trope of a government office worker, discontent with their work, grumbling about paperwork and administrative tasks, is a cliché. An equally…

Hélène Pfeil |