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

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

As an undergraduate student in Kampala, my head was full of thoughts about how I was going to make a living after my studies. Back then Rich Dad Poor Dad was still a best-seller, and I thought to…

Daniel Ddiba |

Persuasion does not always involve an epiphany. Often, attitudes are formed and opinions are shaped by the steady accumulation of evidence and examples. And so, it has been for me when it comes to…

Ivaylo Kolev |

Last year, I attended the African Great Lakes Conference in Entebbe, Uganda, joining over 300 specialists who presented on a wide range of water issues. The highlight of the conference, for me,…

Fadeke Ayoola |

Global Value Chains are a win-win for firms that enjoy greater efficiency, productivity, and profits while they create better jobs (Photo by Jonathan Ernst / World Bank)   Global Value Chains (GVC…

Ruchira Kumar |

On World Refugee Day, we pay tribute to faces of resilience – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children, who fled horrific circumstances as refugees, but who continue to strive every day to…

Jim Yong Kim |

Photo: Sarah Farat/World Bank They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  While visiting the World Bank library the other day, I was struck by how many development publications featured…

Roger Gorham |

Photo: Caroline Weimann/Siemens Stiftung This past February, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta officially declared the drought in his country a national disaster. No rain had fallen for months in…

Caroline Weimann |

Since 2008, the share of manufacturing in GDP across Africa has stagnated at around 10%, calling into question if African economies have undergone structural transformation vital to sustained…

Francois Steenkamp, Christopher Rooney |