In early 2009, the U.S.-based multinational Halliburton paid $579 million to the U.S. government to settle charges it had bribed Nigerian officials to win a contract.  In late 2008 the German...

Jean Pierre Brun |

When I first went to Nigeria, I had a picture in my mind of an oil country with a struggling non-oil economy. This picture came from two statistics I knew: 95 percent of Nigeria’s exports are oil...

Onno Ruhl |

This week, the World Bank launched its second Kenya Economic Update. We have been positively surprised to see such a strong uptake of our previous report and were pleased to have a full house at...

Wolfgang Fengler |

A free and independent media plays an important role in monitoring public servants and holding them accountable for their actions.  In this way they promote transparency and accountability within...

Tanya Gupta |

Two macaws in the Amazon. Photo © istockphoto.com Although the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen badly failed to achieve legally binding agreements, including on the specific...

Carlos A. Nobre |