In Mozambique’s three largest cities (Maputo, Beira, and Nampula), informal businesses—those operating outside formal licensing and registration procedures—outnumber formal firms by a factor of 9…

Filip Jolevski, Gemechu Ayana Aga |

When cyclones strike: massive flooding is a major threat to lives and property in low-lying coastal areas As one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the entire Southern…

Susmita Dasgupta, Brian Blankespoor |

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 |

The global economy is constantly exposed to disruptive technologies. Take the example of telecommunications: it was not long ago that everything revolved around landlines. Households would go to…

Sebastian Kriticos |

Ethiopia is still predominantly a rural country, with only 20% of its population living in urban areas. But this is set to change dramatically. Figures from the Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency…

Abebaw Alemayehu |

Also available in Español |Français In 1999, when a few enthusiasts agreed to meet annually in an effort to base interventions on land, on solid empirical evidence rather than ideology, few would…

Klaus Deininger |

Ghana recently held a Family Planning (FP) 2020 stock-taking event as a countdown to the country’s FP 2020 goals and commitment made during the 2012 London summit. The conference, which brought…

Ibironke Folashade Oyatoye |

By 2035, Cameroon aspires to join the ranks of industrialized, upper-middle-income nations with low poverty rates, strong economic growth, and a functioning democracy. To realize that goal, the…

Rick Emery Tsouck Ibounde, Francisco G. Carneiro |