The King Baudouin Foundation has just announced that it is accepting nominations for its 2014-2015 African Development Prize. The Prize awards innovative initiatives that help local communities…

Kristina Nwazota |

Dear Africa Can readers, we’ve heard from many of you since our former Africa Chief Economist Shanta Devarajan left the region for a new Bank position that you want Africa Can to continue…

Francisco Ferreira |

The open data community is chock-full of do-gooders.    There are "open" data-driven applications that track government legislation in the US, tools that help calculate taxi fares in…

Sandra Moscoso |

The case of the Maldonado stream: The voice of a citizen Imagine a busy metropolitan avenue crossing the length of Buenos Aires, Argentina, transited daily by buses and trains and lined with a…

Maria Madrid |

Motorcycle riders and passengers have long been vulnerable users of motorized transport. In the Americas, with the increasing ownership of motorcycles, given the ease and lower costs, this trend…

Anna Okola |

Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Power Project: Bringing More Electricity to Africa's Great Lakes Region In May this year, I joined World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and U.N. Secretary…

Makhtar Diop |

tablets loom increasingly large on the horizon in many places [also available in Thai] Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya ("6, 000 primary schools picked for free laptop project…

Michael Trucano |

If you saw how poor I was before, you would see that things are getting better.   When I hear stories like that of Jean Bosco Hakizimana, a Burundian farmer whose life was transformed by a cow, I…

Joachim von Amsberg |

The United Nations estimates that with the population reaching 9 billion by 2050, global food demand will double, with much of that growth in developing countries.    While the gloom-and-doom…

John Nash |

Does open data have economic value beyond the benefits of transparency and accountability? Does it have the power to fuel new businesses and create new jobs? Does it have the potential to improve…

Alla Morrison |