A typical day for Samuel – a fruit stand vendor in Nairobi, Kenya – would start at 6 am, buying fruits from the wholesale market and selling them at a street corner of a bustling commercial area.…

Melis Guven, Himanshi Jain, Jehan Arulpragasam, Iffath Sharif |

The borderlands in the Horn of Africa are synonymous with economic, social, and political marginalization, entrenched poverty, persistent con¬flict, forced displacement, and envi¬ronmental…

Varalakshmi Vemuru, Aditya Sarkar |

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 |

Uganda’s economy is transforming: Industry’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) has increased from 25% in 2009 to 30% in 2019. Services’ share of GDP has increased from 44% in 2009 to 46% in…

Tony Thompson |

The line of refugees waiting at the entrance of the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Preparedness is long, and it is a symbol of the more than 700 thousand refugees that knocked on Uganda’s door in…

Carolina Mejia-Mantilla, Besufekad Alemu |

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 |

In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

The district of Gombe from above. Photo: Dina Ranarifidy/World Bank While traveling from the Ndjili Airport to the city center of Kinshasa, you will be introduced to a unique urban experience. The…

Sameh Wahba, Dina Ranarifidy |

Informal metal worker in Katwe, Kampala. Photo: Angus Morgan Kathage/World Bank The informal sector is a large part of employment in African cities. The International Labour Organization estimates…

Angus Morgan Kathage |

Despite much progress over the last two decades, girls still have lower levels of educational attainment on average than boys at the secondary school level in Uganda. In part this is because many…

Christina Malmberg Calvo, Rachel K. Sebudde, Quentin Wodon |