South Sudan became independent in 2011 after a prolonged conflict. Although the new country was blessed with international good will, considerable foreign aid, and vast oil wealth, it nevertheless…

Utz Pape, Arden Finn |

One of the challenges presented by the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the UN 2030 Agenda is where to begin. Afrobarometer, which conducts public attitude surveys in…

E. Gyimah-Boadi |

Six years after independence, South Sudan remains one of the world’s most fragile states, unable to emerge from cycles of violence. About half the population—that is, about 6 million of 12 million…

Utz Pape, Nora Dihel |

In recent years, growing evidence supports the value of cash transfers. Research demonstrates that cash transfers lead to productive investments (in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia), that they improve…

David Evans |

The King Baudouin Foundation has just announced that it is accepting nominations for its 2014-2015 African Development Prize. The Prize awards innovative initiatives that help local communities…

Kristina Nwazota |

there's something electric on the horizon in Turkey Uruguay. Peru. The U.S. State of Maine. South Korea. Portugal. A number of places around the world have made very large, (hopefully)…

Michael Trucano |

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 |

tablets loom increasingly large on the horizon in many places [also available in Thai] Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya ("6, 000 primary schools picked for free laptop project…

Michael Trucano |

Emerging from decades of violent conflict, with more than half its population living below the national poverty line and three quarters of the population never having attended school, South Sudan…

Gabriel Demombynes, Espen Beer Prydz, Gabriel Demombynes |

The dust had hardly settled from South Sudan’s Independence Day celebrations before the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of South Sudan formerly known as the Southern Sudan Center for Census,…

Thomas Danielewitz |