Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald’s, the fast food chain operates around 34, 000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-…

Borko Handjiski |

Dear Africa Can readers, we’ve heard from many of you since our former Africa Chief Economist Shanta Devarajan left the region for a new Bank position that you want Africa Can to continue…

Francisco Ferreira |

Gary Lineker, the British footballer, is not only known for his talent on the pitch, but also for this memorable quote: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the…

Wolfgang Fengler |

Almost a decade ago, delegates from over 175 countries gathered in Geneva for the first 'World Summit on the Information Society',   a two-part conference (the second stage followed two…

Michael Trucano |

One consistent theme that I hear quite often from policymakers with an interest in, and/or responsibility for, the use of ICTs in their country's education system is that they want to '…

Michael Trucano |

Technology use in schools at reasonably large scale began in many OECD countries in earnest in the 1980s and then accelerated greatly in the 1990s, as the Internet and falling hardware prices…

Michael Trucano |

The One Laptop Per Child program has brought much attention to issues related to '1-to-1 computing' (each child has her/his own personal computing device).  While perhaps the most…

Michael Trucano |

For the next three days, representatives from most of the prominent initiatives rolling out '1-to-1 computing' initiatives in education systems around the world are gathering in Vienna,…

Michael Trucano |