Contrary to common belief, evidence suggests that women’s empowerment may increase the risks of gender-based violence, at least in the short term.

Farwah Qasim, Varalakshmi Vemuru |

One of the challenges presented by the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the UN 2030 Agenda is where to begin. Afrobarometer, which conducts public attitude surveys in…

E. Gyimah-Boadi |

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 |

Although it’s Africa's largest economy, Nigeria is missing out on the region’s most exciting financial innovation: mobile money.   Twenty-one percent of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa have a…

Leora Klapper, Andrej Popovic |

A year ago, if you had asked me how best a child could reach its potential, I would have looked through my myopic, public health, physician’s lens, and responded that making sure children (0-…

Amaka Momah-Haruna |

The Nigerian government’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission has blazed an important trail, publishing details of 51 Federal Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts—the culmination…

Laurence Carter, Rachid Benmessaoud |

Imagine this: You open your mail and it says that you are owed $1, 200 from overpaid taxes! After recovering from your elation, you read on. The letter requests you to choose if you would like to…

Gautam Gustav Bastian, Sreelakshmi Papineni |

Since 2011, when floods destroyed the bridge that once stood here, the only way members of this Ibadan community can cross the river is by walking across it when the water is low. As the river…

Salim Rouhana, Ivan Bruce |

Without question, Africa is the poorest region in the world. The chart below shows the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per person – an imperfect but widely used measure – for Africa and the…

Efosa Ojomo |