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 |

Même dans les régions les plus difficiles du monde, l’investissement et la croissance demeurent possibles. Et de toutes les régions ayant le plus besoin de développement, le Sahel figure en haut…

Aliou Maiga |

  Sanitation Blocks in Charmanculo Poor sanitation is the all too familiar story in many expanding African cities and Mozambique’s capital city Maputo is no exception. In fact, over half of the…

Baghi rathan, Odete Duarte Muximpua |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |

Those who have tried toilet training a pet dog or cat know that it is a difficult proposition. How about toilet training a flock of 30 chickens? “Why would I want to?” Because in poor countries,…

Derek Headey |

Photo credit: World Bank In previous blogs on Fecal Sludge Management (FSM), we outlined the lack of appropriate attention given to FSM as a formal urban sanitation solution and we presented new…

Isabel Blackett, Peter Hawkins |

A motorized tricycle fitted with a small tank provides desludging services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo credit: Kathy Eales / World Bank Our last blog outlined the neglect of Fecal Sludge…

Peter Hawkins, Isabel Blackett |

L’agriculture est la pierre angulaire des économies africaines : en Afrique subsaharienne, les produits de base — le bétail et la viande, les céréales, les légumineuses, les racines et les…

Jean-Christophe Maur |

Food price volatility remains a pressing challenge for many African countries (FAO, IMF, and UNCTAD, 2011).  The vast majority of Africa’s population still derives a substantial share of their…

Moctar NDiaye, Elodie Maître d’Hôtel, Tristan Le Cotty |

If you are working on an urban water project, what information do you need?  You likely want to know what your project’s water utility knows. How else can you start talking to each other to have a…

Alexander Danilenko |