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 |

As we reflect on the promise of the New Year in Africa, the irrefutable link between peace and development has never been clearer after my recent travels. Earlier this month, I joined leaders from…

Makhtar Diop |

When Jane Otai said there are flying toilets in slums of Nairobi, most of her audience, like me, was trying to figure out what she meant. A few others laughed softly. Because there are no toilets…

Ravi Kumar |

I have recently returned from the United Nations climate talks that were held in Warsaw, Poland, and I have both good and bad news.   The bad news is that delegates opted to delay again…

Rachel Kyte |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |

Countries coming out of crises undergo rapid structural changes, including migration and big economic shifts. This can complicate the measurement of their progress, sometimes in unexpected ways,…

Mark Roland Thomas, Kristen Himelein |

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Maura K. Leary |

In September 2013, four elderly sisters in Botswana were finally and definitively allowed to remain in the ancestral home where they had spent most of their lives — the result of their own…

Tazeen Hasan |

​​​ John Obuom John Obuom and Poline Achieng’ Omondi are talking about their goats to a group of visitors that includes me. Turns out, cross-breeding local goats with Gala goats increases size,…

Rachel Kyte |

Travelling across Africa these days you are likely to run into increasing numbers of mining, oil, and gas industry personnel engaged in exploration, drilling, and extraction across the continent. …

Anand Rajaram |