While the region has made strides in achieving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), 13% of the population – over 74 million people – still lack access to handwashing facilities, and…

Carmen Nonay, Rajesh Advani |

In Malawi, as in most parts of the world, childcare tasks rest predominantly on women – in fact, Malawian women and girls above the age of 15, spend seven times more on unpaid care and domestic…

Odete Duarte Muximpua, Gaia Hatzfeldt |

In Malawi, UNICEF reported that in 2017, 46% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 9% before the age of 15. This has robbed our sisters the opportunity of getting a decent education,…

Brian C. Kalimbuka |

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Nearly four in 10 girls marry each year before their 18th birthday, many of them becoming mothers at a young age.…

Hafez Ghanem |

Findings from the National Financial Inclusion Survey in Sri Lanka, which was led by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, with technical assistance from IFC, under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work Program in…

Shanuki Gunasekera, Rathnija Arandara |

Profiles of women reformers making it easier to do business around the world

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we highlight the accomplishments of five leaders who have delivered much needed regulatory reforms benefiting entrepreneurs.

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

Malawi is not spared from the disruption caused by the digital economy. Automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will soon disrupt the way we work, whether in the bustling Limbe Market,…

Wrixon Mpanang’ombe |

Last October, I participated in End Poverty Day (EPD)  from the Zambia Country Office, where I had the opportunity to exchange with a host of young brilliant minds from Zambia and around the…

Hafez Ghanem |

The global economy is stagnating, and uncertainty about its future is rising. These trends weigh heavily on countries that depend on the production and export of a small range of products, or that…

Cecile Fruman |