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 |

Travelling across Africa these days you are likely to run into increasing numbers of mining, oil, and gas industry personnel engaged in exploration, drilling, and extraction across the continent. …

Anand Rajaram |

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 |

One of the winning 'startup' teams at Pivot East2013 (Credit: PivotEast) Innovation competitions of all sorts have become prevalent throughout Africa, from hackathons to ideation…

Nicolas Friederici |

Investments in education could spur economic growth in India (Credit: World Bank) I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to my former professor Amartya Sen at the World Bank who attempted to…

Sebastian James |

Does Rwanda's impressive growth tell the whole story? (Credit: CIAT, Flickr Creative Commons) Over the last few years, a lot of optimism has been built around Rwanda being the next big thing…

Mohammad Amin |

New approaches to medical care can improve health outcomes (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) In many poor countries, a large proportion of health services is provided by the private sector, including…

Jorge Coarasa |

Successful industrial parks can drive economic competitiveness  (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) Why do so many industrial park programs fail? They are popular across the developing world, inspired…

Yannick Saleman, Luke Jordan |

Business reforms can spur economic dynamism in the East African Community East Africa is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and its unique concentration of wild animals. Could it also become…

Nina Paustian |

Will improved identification accelerate financial inclusion? ( Credit: Kkalyan, Flickr Creative Commons) Wherever individuals are excluded from formal financial services the source of the problem…

Martin Kanz |