Decades of civil war and political fragmentation have made Somalia one of the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly seven of 10 Somalis live in poverty, the sixth-highest rate in the…

Utz Pape, Wendy Karamba |

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 |

The mobile money market is booming in Somalia. Approximately 155 million transactions, worth $2.7 billion or 36% of gross domestic product (GDP), are recorded every month. Mobile money accounts…

Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku |

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 |

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 |

Of the total US$15.4 billion pledged by the international community at the end of the first day of the meeting of the Consultative Group on Côte d’Ivoire held on May 17, 2016 in Paris, the World…

Pierre Laporte |