Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

A generation ago, the World Development Report 1984 focused on development challenges posed by demographic change, reflecting the world’s concerns about run-away population growth. Global…

S. Amer Ahmed, Marcio Cruz, Christian Eigen-Zucchi, Hans Lofgren, Maryla Maliszewska, Bryce Quillin, Philip Schellekens |

The Economist reports this week on new research on the relationship between Health and Wealth. The long and the short of it is that improvements in health don't necessarily lead to higher…

Ryan Hahn |

The World Bank yesterday released its new Human Opportunity Index report.

Ryan Hahn |

Speaking of mobile banking (see the previous post), it might be useful to see just what mobile coverage looks like in South Africa. Fortunately, the UNDP provides heat maps with exactly this data…

Ryan Hahn |

Mobile banking keeps getting more and more publicity, as it should. Brian Richardson, the CEO of WIZZIT, made an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative last week. You can see video of…

Ryan Hahn |

While telemedicine is nothing new, improvements in telecommunications are creating the possibility of previously unthinkable innovations. The text message, as I've commented before, is…

Ryan Hahn |

Perhaps in contrast to my post on the digital war on poverty, I just noticed an interesting article on the website of AED - the Academy for Educational Development. They are using a technology…

Ryan Hahn |

Jeffrey Sachs, ever the optimist, has announced victory - or something very near it - in the digital war on poverty. Writing yesterday in the Guardian, Sachs had this to say:

Ryan Hahn |

Libertarian paternalism - aka choice design or nudging - is better left to the markets. At least that is what Tim Harford, PSD blogger emeritus, argues today in the Financial Times. Money quote:…

Ryan Hahn |