Contrary to common belief, evidence suggests that women’s empowerment may increase the risks of gender-based violence, at least in the short term.

Farwah Qasim, Varalakshmi Vemuru |

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 |

Although it’s Africa's largest economy, Nigeria is missing out on the region’s most exciting financial innovation: mobile money.   Twenty-one percent of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa have a…

Leora Klapper, Andrej Popovic |

In Nigeria, Africa’s largest and most populous country, more women are engaging in work than ever before. By 2011, more than half (57%) of women 15-64 years old were in some form of employment.…

Sara Johansson de Silva |