During a recent trip to Madagascar, I traveled about a hundred miles from the capital city of Antananarivo to the small village of Maromoka. While I was there, I met a group of local women, all of…

Diarietou Gaye |

Severe droughts are regular, cyclical events in the ‘Great South’ of Madagascar. In this beautiful, but arid region the country’s poorest people have become accustomed to bracing for the onset of…

Laura B. Rawlings |

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and we’re in the dead of winter in Antananarivo. It is still dark out, and cold. I don my jacket and go in search of Patricia Ravaoarisoa,…

Diana Styvanley |

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 |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |

In 2018, Madagascar is said to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Antananarivo is said to be the third dirtiest capital. Some diseases like the plague persist in the country, even in…

Claudia Navalonirina Raobelina |

Photo: Mohamad Al-Arief/ The World Bank For this first staging of the competition in Madagascar, young people were asked to share their vision for Madagascar, which is poor but endowed with…

Coralie Gevers |

Photo: Michel Matera/World Bank Planning is a theme in cities as ancient as Rome, Cairo, and Athens to as modern as New York and Singapore. It is used as an instrument to manage collective living…

Salim Rouhana, Michel Matera |

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, World Bank Senior Regional Advisor for Africa, exchanges with young beneficiaries of the Madagascar Social Safety Net Project. I first visited Madagascar in 1985 as a student…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz |