Countries coming out of crises undergo rapid structural changes, including migration and big economic shifts. This can complicate the measurement of their progress, sometimes in unexpected ways,…

Mark Roland Thomas, Kristen Himelein |

This will be my last post on Africa Can.  Having recently started a new adventure as Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I will be blogging on that…

Shanta Devarajan |

With an estimated 10 million malaria cases in 2010, the World Health Organization considers Tanzania to be one of the four countries with the highest malaria prevalence in Africa, along with…

Waly Wane, Isis Gaddis, Jacques Morisset, Waly Wane |

Co-authored with Luc Christiaensen and Aly Sanoh For a decade and a half now, Africa has been growing robustly, and the region’s economic prospects remain good. In per capita terms, GDP has…

Punam Chuhan-Pole |

What will the world look like in 2030? Clearly, it will be very different from today and some of these changes can already be anticipated. Most of us can remember the year 1996 which is as far…

Wolfgang Fengler, Jane Kiringai, Wolfgang Fengler |

If user fees for health have been so vilified (including in comments on this blog), why are we bringing the subject up again?  Because new evidence calls into question the prevailing view, namely…

Shanta Devarajan, Jishnu Das, Shanta Devarajan |

A common belief in rich countries is that people in Africa are poor but happy. This image is time and again confirmed by popular reality shows on Western television, in which the rich-and-famous…

Tom Bundervoet |

Let's think together: Every Sunday the World Bank in Tanzania in collaboration with The Citizen wants to stimulate your thinking by sharing data from recent official surveys in Tanzania and…

Waly Wane, Isis Gaddis, Jacques Morisset, Waly Wane |

The data are un-ambiguous: Kenya’s economy is starting to catch up with the rest of the world. But many of you probably wonder if that is really true, especially when observing the streets of…

Wolfgang Fengler, Gandham N.V.Ramana, Wolfgang Fengler |

From almost every point of view, Rwanda’s performance over the past decade has been an unambiguous success story. Between 2001 and 2011, Rwanda’s economy grew by 8.2 percent per annum, earning the…

Tom Bundervoet |