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 |

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 |

By 2035, Cameroon aspires to join the ranks of industrialized, upper-middle-income nations with low poverty rates, strong economic growth, and a functioning democracy. To realize that goal, the…

Rick Emery Tsouck Ibounde, Francisco G. Carneiro |

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 |

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 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 |

The results of a longitudinal study show the impact of paternal death on children’s self-esteem. Photo: World Bank On Sunday, many fathers around the world received cards and gifts from their…

Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, Stefan Dercon |

In Ethiopia, women account for a disproportionate share of the unbanked, and the gap is widening. Photo: Binyam Teshome/World Bank The World Bank Group (WBG), with private and public sector…

Mengistu Bessir |