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Taming the Tides of High Inflation in South Sudan

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Six years after independence, South Sudan remains one of the world’s most fragile states, unable to emerge from cycles of violence. About half the population—that is, about 6 million of 12 million people—are food insecure. A famine was declared in February 2017. And though the famine was contained (thanks to massive humanitarian support), food insecurity remains at extremely high levels.

About 2 million South Sudanese have fled the country and another 1.9 million are internally displaced. The economy is estimated to have contracted by 11 percent in the past fiscal year, due to conflict, low oil production, and disruptions to agriculture. The fiscal deficit, inflation, and parallel market premium have all soared.

This macroeconomic collapse has crushed the livelihoods of many South Sudanese.

The Giant of Africa takes bold strides to invest in early years

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A year ago, if you had asked me how best a child could reach its potential, I would have looked through my myopic, public health, physician’s lens, and responded that making sure children (0-5years) are healthy and well-nourished is all it takes.

However, six months into the World Bank’s “Africa Early Years” fellowship and I realize I would have been abysmally wrong.

Régions pauvres. Régions riches. La géographie explique-t-elle tout ?

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« Dites-moi où vous vivez, et je vous dirai quelles sont vos chances de succès dans la vie. »
 
Le niveau de bien-être varie-t-il fortement d’une région à l’autre ?
 
Je ne suis pas devin, mais je sais que le lieu de résidence est le meilleur indicateur pour mesurer le bien-être futur d’un individu. Un enfant qui voit le jour au Togo aujourd’hui vivra probablement 20 ans de moins qu’un enfant né aux États-Unis. En outre, le Togolais gagnera nettement moins d’argent que l’Américain, le premier touchant moins de 3 % du revenu du second.

Poor places. Rich places. Can geography explain it all?

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“Tell me where you live, and I can predict how well you’ll do in life.”
 
Does welfare vary largely across space?
 
Although I don’t have a crystal ball, I do know for a fact that location is an excellent predictor of one’s welfare. Indeed, a child born in Togo today is expected to live nearly 20 years less than a child born in the United States. Moreover, this child will earn a tiny fraction—less than 3%—of what his or her American counterpart will earn.

Appel aux dirigeants africains : aidons nos agriculteurs pour transformer notre économie

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Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images

À première vue, cela peut surprendre que la dernière édition du rapport phare d’ACET, lancée cette semaine lors des Assemblées annuelles de la Banque mondiale qui se tiennent en ce moment à Washington, soit consacrée au thème de l’agriculture. Mais c’est précisément notre objectif – il ne s’agit pas de parler exclusivement de l’agriculture, mais surtout de faire comprendre que c’est un secteur clé pour transformer l’économie du continent dans son ensemble.

Calling African policymakers: our economic future must be powered by our farms

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Working the land in Uganda: women make up more than half of Africa’s farmers but face the biggest barriers to owning land. Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images


At first glance it might seem surprising that the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) has zeroed in on agriculture as the focus for our 2017 flagship report, launched this week at the World Bank’s Annual Meetings in Washington. But that’s precisely the point: this is not primarily about agriculture, it is about how you transform the broader economy, with agriculture as the catalyst.

En Ouganda, un film aide des lycéens à réussir leurs examens

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Phiona Mutesa, la vraie Queen of Katwe.


Tout le monde aime passer son dimanche après-midi au cinéma pour se détendre. Mais parfois, le grand écran dépasse son simple rôle de divertissement. Une étude réalisée dans un lycée en Ouganda révèle que les films qui incarnent des personnages charismatiques auxquels les élèves peuvent s’identifier les aident à réussir leurs examens de maths. 

Vaut-il mieux saupoudrer les allocations familiales ou les verser en bloc ? Conclusions d’une étude menée au Nigéria

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Imaginez qu’un jour, en consultant vos e-mails, vous trouviez un message vous annonçant un trop-perçu d’impôt d’un montant de 1 200 dollars ! Passée la première réaction de joie, vous poursuivez la lecture. Et là, vous découvrez que vous devez choisir entre deux options de remboursement : soit vous toucherez 100 dollars tous les mois, soit vous toucherez 300 dollars tous les trois mois, le tout sur une période d’un an.

Nigeria: Getting PPPs right

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The Nigerian government’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission has blazed an important trail, publishing details of 51 Federal Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts—the culmination of a year’s work with the World Bank to ensure that all, non-confidential information is easily accessible to the public. We hope other countries will follow Nigeria’s trend-setting lead.

A better way to train small business owners: using psychology to teach personal initiative

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Billions of US dollars have been spent—by governments, microfinance organizations, and NGOs—on training the owners of small businesses. Traditional programs typically aim to teach practices such as record-keeping, stock control, and simple marketing. But while these do seem to improve the performance of small businesses, most result in little real change, making the impact hard to detect.

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