As we get ready to kick off the new year, let’s recount the voices and stories about how we can enhance the way we interact with our planet. From Ethiopia to Indonesia, we’ve seen our efforts…

Andy Shuai Liu |

If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |

Africa is fortunate.  Unlike more industrialized countries and even some industrializing countries like China, Africa is endowed with a much younger population. This could offer a tremendous…

Sudharshan Canagarajah |

Also available in: Français│ Español I recently returned from a trip to West Africa during which I crossed the Benin-Nigeria border by car at the Seme border post. While waiting for our passports…

Cecile Fruman |

A new word has entered the running for buzzword of the moment: “Resilience” seems to appear on every other page and is lauded at events as the focus for all. Indeed, academics, institutions and…

Marc Sadler |

Somalia has the reputation of being a mysterious and conflict-ridden land. Who hasn’t heard of the infamous “Black Hawk down” episode, the militant group al-Shabaab or the pirates off the Somali…

Steve Utterwulghe |

本周,全球食品安全伙伴机制将在开普敦召开第三届年会。本次年会闭幕后,圣诞节假期即将到来,届时人们应会把食品安全问题抛之脑后。不安全食品给人口和整个经济造成了沉重代价,同时也被视为200多种疾病的首要致因。不过,安全食品无需是高档美食,这正是世界银行集团工作的动力所在。能够获得食品并不能保障食品安全。我们日益认识到食品安全如何对人口产生影响,尤其是对贫困人口的生活和生计的影响。…

Juergen Voegele |

Open data for economic growth continues to create buzz in all circles.  We wrote about it ourselves on this blog site earlier in the year.  You can barely utter the phrase without somebody…

Alla Morrison, Prasanna Lal Das |

Open data for economic growth continues to create buzz in all circles.  We wrote about it ourselves on this blog site earlier in the year.  You can barely utter the phrase without somebody…

Alla Morrison, Prasanna Lal Das |

Last October, I wrote a blog on the closing of bank accounts of money transfer operators in Australia.  I reported that “Westpac would close the bank accounts of MTOs serving Somalia by the end of…

Sonia Plaza |