From Canada to Kenya, nearly every country struggles to provide housing for all its residents. It’s a goal that has become a moving target: Migration – both rural-to-urban and cross-border – is...

Luis Triveno, Olivia Nielsen |

Mbarak Mbigo helps his colleagues who are software developers at Andela, in Nairobi, Kenya. © Dominic Chavez/IFC We only have to look at the way we communicate, shop, travel, work and entertain...

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Jose Luis Irigoyen, Atul Mehta |

The markets for rural energy access and internet connectivity are ripe for disruption – and increasingly, we’re seeing benefit from combining the offerings.   Traditionally, power and broadband...

Anna Lerner, Roku Fukui, Doyle Gallegos |

Cities in Africa are growing at unprecedented speeds. In Kenya, about 12 million of the country’s over 40 million people live in urban areas today. However, [[tweetable]]a child born in 2017 will...

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Dean Cira |

Rubi’s Story: Exulted, Rubi ran home. As fast as her fifteen-year-old legs could carry her, she ran, exam in hand, excited to share the results with her family. The results, she believed, would...

Lucia Hanmer |

In recent years, mobile money has attracted sustained attention in ways that few other mobile services have. And for good reason: from East Africa to Pakistan, the Philippines and elsewhere,...

Kevin Donovan |

OK, not exactly an App, but investors in Kenya will soon be able to buy T-bills and bonds offered by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), as agents of the Treasury, through their mobile phones (with...

Uloaku Oyewole |