Banks appear to compensate for the limited expected revenue from earmarked loans by increasing their interest rates in other free-market loans that recipient firms take.

Alvaro Pedraza, Claudia Ruiz |

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads across the globe, the disease is projected to take an immense human toll on Sub-Saharan Africa, infecting at least 110 million people in the region. The immediate…

Amy Copley, Alison Decker, Fannie Delavelle |

Even in the most challenging places, investment and growth are possible. And of all the places most in need of development, the Sahel must sit near the top of the list.

Aliou Maiga |

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 |

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 |

Map 1: Spatial distribution of Burkina Faso's portfolio With nearly half of the population (or approximately 8 million people) living in extreme poverty, Burkina Faso is poised to make…

Johannes Hoogeveen, Nga Thi Viet Nguyen, Cheick Fantamady Kante |

“Tell me where you live, and I can predict how well you’ll do in life.”  Does welfare vary largely across space?   Although I don’t have a crystal ball, I do know for a fact that location is an…

Nga Thi Viet Nguyen, Felipe F. Dizon |

Coastal erosion is threatening homes and livelihoods in Togo. Photo by: Eric Kaglan, World Bank  Togolese families often place talismans, thought to contain magical or spiritual properties,…

Dahlia Lotayef |

A medical intern in the hematology department of the Hospital Militaire D’Instruction (Military Teaching Hospital) in N’Djamena, Chad, puts a blood sample into a machine for analysis. © US Army…

Waly Wane |

In Côte d’Ivoire,  only 15% of savings are allocated to financial institutions such as banks, microfinance companies, and mobile money accounts.  The wealthy can borrow money to finance their…

Jacques Morisset |