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 |

Last year, the world’s cities generated more than two billion tonnes of solid waste. For developed cities with effective waste management systems in place, this is an easy stat to ignore. Once…

Eric Dickson |

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 |

Despite years of fiscal decentralization, not many countries have been able to quantify the size and structure of the economies at the decentralized units. To our knowledge, only South Africa has…

Peter Chacha Wankuru |

Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

Ghana has suffered from large fiscal volatility around election cycles for the past two decades. This volatility has been identified as one of the key challenges for Ghana’s future development…

Michael Geiger, Arthur Mendes |

Ghana recently held a Family Planning (FP) 2020 stock-taking event as a countdown to the country’s FP 2020 goals and commitment made during the 2012 London summit. The conference, which brought…

Ibironke Folashade Oyatoye |

Kenya has been covered widely in economic news over the last decade, from the first large-scale application of mobile money to a vibrant technology hub in Africa. Indeed, Kenya experienced robust…

Utz Pape, Carolina Mejia-Mantilla |