Mobility is a precondition for economic growth: mobility for access to jobs, education, health, and other services. Mobility of goods is also critical to supply world markets in our globalized...

Marc Juhel |

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile phones, are increasingly seen as critical tools to improve public health and health outcomes in Africa. Several experiments,...

Samia Melhem |

With oil in Niger and Uganda, natural gas in Mozambique and Tanzania, iron ore in Guinea and Sierra Leone―African countries are increasingly finding rich new deposits of oil, gas, or minerals and...

Makhtar Diop |

I was glad to read the announcement made by World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim, at the start of this year’s UN General Assembly meetings, about the Bank’s projected financing support through the...

Patricio V. Marquez |

             The debate over how to ensure good health services for all while assuring affordability is nothing new. However, it has recently acquired new impetus under the guise of Universal...

Jorge Coarasa |

As a newcomer in my new post in Accra, I am starting to learn about Ghana’s achievements and challenges.  I have been impressed with some innovative policies and measures adopted to address...

Patricio V. Marquez |

Results Based Financing Brings Better Healthcare to African Countries My experience as a doctor who practiced actively in this country did not prepare me for the shock I had during the preparation...

Ayodeji Oluwole Odutolu |

This is the first of a two-part blog series on offline open data pilots recently conducted in Indonesia and Kenya. Part one focuses on Indonesia, while the subsequent blog post will describe our...

Samuel Lee, Felipe Estefan |

If you saw how poor I was before, you would see that things are getting better.   When I hear stories like that of Jean Bosco Hakizimana, a Burundian farmer whose life was transformed by a cow, I...

Joachim von Amsberg |

How do countries and individuals become rich? Human history provides a clue. One of our most defining moments as a species took place some 10, 000 years ago, when a group of humans started to...

Wolfgang Fengler, Wolfgang Fengler, Borko Handjiski |