Conflict and violence are shrinking the space for development at a time when donors are scaling up their presence. To reconcile the conflicting objectives of staff safety with a need to do more (…

Andre Marie Taptue, Johannes Hoogeveen |

Picture this: A young ex-combatant who put down his weapons a few months ago, raises his hand to say he has decided to improve his life by going into agriculture, and his colleagues think the same…

Diego Arias, Amadou Oumar Ba |

© Dasan Bobo /World Bank The story of a country’s economic development is often told through the lens of new roads, factories, power lines, and ports. However, it can also be told through the…

Jacques Morisset, Taleb Ould Sid’Ahmed |

Aerial view of a refugee camp @Vincent Tremeau/World Bank It would be hard to find another place on earth where the improvement of transportation is more impactful on the wellbeing of a population…

Mohammed Dalil Essakali |

In post conflict countries, those who have made it out of the country are keenly aware that the livelihoods of those left behind vitally depend on remittance transfers. While concerns have been…

Soheyla Mahmoudi |

During the last week, we traveled in the Sahel region with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, and the European Union.…

Makhtar Diop |

Getting Somalia right has huge regional and global implications and attracted $2.4 billion in support at a recent development partners meeting in Brussels.  Supporting fragile and conflict-…

Makhtar Diop |

Next week, I will be joining World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on an historic joint visit to Africa's Great Lakes Region. The aim of the trip is to…

Makhtar Diop |

Ninety minutes after leaving Nairobi, UN flight 13W banks sharply over the Somali coastline in a series of steep turns that line it up for final approach into Mogadishu airport. The sharp turns…

Phil Hay |