Using Islamic finance for infrastructure development attracted more attention recently in the quest to maximize finance for development. At the recent World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, the…

Sara Ahmed and Ashraf Bouajina |

a longer version of this blog post is available on the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative platform With Google Trends data showing that searches for the word “blockchain” have…

Mariana Dahan, Michael Casey |

Editor's note: this is the second in a two-part series. Click here to read the first part, "Senegal shifts its thinking: Rural water delivery moves to private operators."   Photo:…

Oumar Diallo |

The release of the joint statement “From Billions to Trillions: Transforming Development Finance” at our Spring Meetings is one of the most satisfying moments during my two-year tenure as Managing…

Bertrand Badré |

​ What a remarkable and busy six weeks! There has been a tremendous re-energizing globally to explore and identify ways to finance the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The…

Bertrand Badré |

The following post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Half the world's adults, approximately 2.5 billion individuals, do not have an account with a formal financial institution. Lack of…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |