Temperatures in the Sahel are increasing 1.5 times faster than the global average, and around 80 percent of the farmland has lost some degree of its natural productivity. Together, these factors…

Simeon Ehui, Maria Sarraf |

Advances in technologies like satellites and smartphones have transformed maps as we know them. The gold standard map is now digital. It is accessible – open data approaches mean that map data can…

Vivien Deparday, Grace Anna Doherty, Mira Lilian Gupta, Nuala Margaret Cowan |

Earlier this year we launched Inclusion Matters in Africa in Nairobi in collaboration with the Kenya National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). We could not have hoped for a more informed and…

Simeon Ehui, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maitreyi Bordia Das, Sabina Anne Espinoza |

The archetype of the strong African woman standing as an unmoving pillar of her community is one that transcends national borders on the African continent. While in the past, this image often…

Nayé Bathily |

The effects of continuous and seemingly limitless expansion of urban areas are taking a toll on many, if not most, cities of Sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly apparent in Tanzania’s…

Eric Dickson, Franka van Marrewijk |

Mwajuma* was 15 in rural Shinyanga when her parents informed her she would not be going to school anymore – she was getting married. She never objected. Several of her peers had similarly had…

Quentin Wodon, Loy Nabeta |

“Sometimes we have to go to extremes in our effort to end poverty and that includes traveling to places where security is nearly non-existent, and risks are high”, says Shruti Vijayakumar,…

Shruti Vijayakumar |

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing Initiative supports agriculture insurance programs which unlock critical assess to credit for low-income farmers in Kenya, as well as in Uganda and Rwanda. Photo…

Hugo Wesley, Lorenzo Piccio |

Dar es Salaam’s growing population is increasingly at risk of flooding. Photo: Chris Morgan/World Bank The Msimbazi River makes a volatile neighbor. With depressing regularity, the river breaks…

Alexandra Panman, Ian Madison, Jean-Benoît Falisse |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |