The title of this post may seem a bit odd. What can an island of 20 million people and a diverse continent of 47 countries have in common? The answer: Both were thought to have initial advantages…

Shanta Devarajan |

Great advances in mobile telephony and internet access seem to promise a revolution in development. But Chris Kreutz on the crisscrossed blog reminds us just how big the constraints are. Among…

Ryan Hahn |

In light of the global economic crisis, the World Bank announced today that its investments in safety nets and other social protection programs in health and education are projected to triple to $…

If access to savings accounts helps the poor manage risk better, the answer may very well be "yes". A new working paper on Transactional sex as a response to risk in western Kenya …

Ryan Hahn |

Waiting for the bus and have nothing better to do than play around with your phone? Games are no longer the only options - now you can volunteer.

Giulio Quaggiotto |

Zain has announced the roll-out of Zap, an initiative to bring mobile banking to millions in Africa. It looks like Safaricom will now have some serious competition. AllAfrica.com has the details:…

Ryan Hahn |

With the countdown half-way through, the data on the Millennium Development Goals are finally available via interactive maps. The timeline feature (step 3 on the map) tracks progress on any of the…

Chris Monasterski |

Until recently, the mountains of Aceh were known for rebel activity and were basically off-limits. Even without gunfire, I didn’t have much interest in having anything to do with mountains other…

David Lawrence |

Norway, the world's third largest oil exporter, passively invests a large portion of proceeds into a national pension fund.  "The future-generations fund, " which is now worth $300…

Chris Monasterski |

The IMF's World Economic Outlook forecasts a 6.8 percent growth for the continent in 2008. Up from 6.1 percent in 2007, it's a performance not seen in the region since the 1970s.

Chris Monasterski |