As the Malagasy government finalizes its “Plan émergence” to generate high, sustainable and more inclusive growth, it faces a crucial question: how will it finance the associated scaling up of…

Marc Stocker |

Madagascar's tax collection as a share of GDP is just under 11 percent. Poor compliance by citizens who owe taxes remains a major reason for low tax collection. Mobile text reminders had a…

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Herilala Axel Fanomezantsoa, Fredrik Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon |

Computer science is a superpower. With coding knowledge, a little funding, a few laptops and their creative brains, a small team of African developers could create the next big thing. Why not? A…

Andry Ravololonjatovo |

If you skim the headlines, you get the impression that the role of forests in mitigating climate change has virtually unanimous global recognition and support. But forests around the world are…

Roy Parizat |

The program offers affordable loans for climate adaptation to households and to small businesses in manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.

Keren Charles, Kerri Cox, Priscilla M. Phelps |

Hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic remain uncollected on Caribbean islands each year and voluminous waves of plastic waste wash up on the shores, especially after severe storms.

Karin Erika Kemper, Tahseen Sayed |

In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

This blog is a part of a series using data from the Women, Business and the Law project. The data explores legal and regulatory challenges faced by women through different stages of their working…

Kavell Joseph |

It is impressive to see that there are more than 202 public entities applying behavioral insights to their policies today. In 2015, the World Bank became one such entity that began to explore the…

Carolina Sánchez-Páramo, Renos Vakis, Zeina Afif |

Women’s property rights are an important development issue, not only for women’s empowerment but to also improve human capital outcomes for families – for example, improved children’s health and…

Albena Reshitaj, Aanchal Anand |