The World Bank Group and the African Development Bank, with the support of the African Union, are producing a new 'flagship' report on how ICTs, especially mobile phones, have the…

Michael Trucano |

2011 was a highly successful year for World Bank blogs; four posts chalked up more than 10, 000 views over the year; the year saw the launch of the highly successful Development Impact blog; and…

Adam Wagstaff |

 Note: This is a French translation of a blog post that originally appeared in The Guardian's Poverty Matters blog. Les progrès économiques enregistrés cette année par l’Afrique sub-…

Shanta Devarajan |

See what a profound transformation the internet is producing in information-based sectors. Newspapers are under threat from online news sources and blogs. These same web destinations are becoming…

Ignacio Mas |

“Mountain Forests – roots to our future”. That was the headline for this year’s International Mountain Day celebrated by the UN every 11th of December since 2003. This year especially emphasized…

Klas Sander |

It’s widely accepted nowadays that the ultimate goals of a health system are to improve the health conditions of the population; minimize the risk of impoverishment due to catastrophic health…

Patricio V. Marquez |

Also available in Bahasa The number just kept getting bigger and bigger. At first it was a staggering 13, 000. The next day, over 25, 000. And then, 58, 000. By the end of the week, on January 1st…

David Lawrence |

The global open data movement is gaining momentum, as more and more countries are looking into the benefits of releasing government data to the public, encouraging the re-use of data and the…

Elena Kvochko |

Amsterdam is aggressively developing its ‘smart’ electrical grid. The smart part is the inter-linked power system, and the efforts made to involve all parts of the community. The result to-date is…

Dan Hoornweg |

Twitter, Facebook, SMS, and Crowdsourcing—2011 has certainly been the year in which the use of social media and technology has captured the world’s attention. From Tahrir Square in Egypt to the…

Soren Gigler |