3-1-0 Three minutes to complete the online loan application, one second for approval and with zero human touch for SME loans. This is the marketing slogan used by Ant Financial, one of China’s…

Margaret Miller |

Modern industrial policies (IPs) or productive development policies (PDPs) are about identifying and removing constraints to the growth of productive sectors, such as agriculture, tourism,…

Steve Utterwulghe, Piero Ghezzi |

From the Yemen Enterprise Reviltalization and Employment Pilot Project. In December 2016, the 18th  replenishment of the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the…

Cecile Fruman, Diana Hristova |

Never in recent history has anti-minorities rhetoric — anti-immigrants, anti-religious-minorities, anti-LGBTI — been so pronounced in so many countries around the world. Those groups, we are told…

Elaine R.E. Panter |

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 |

Over the past five years, we have seen the emergence of a number of eGovernment applications and platforms in East Africa, leveraging the growth of internet and smartphone penetration to improve…

John Wille, Catherine Masinde |

One of the winning 'startup' teams at Pivot East2013 (Credit: PivotEast) Innovation competitions of all sorts have become prevalent throughout Africa, from hackathons to ideation…

Nicolas Friederici |

Business reforms can spur economic dynamism in the East African Community East Africa is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and its unique concentration of wild animals. Could it also become…

Nina Paustian |

In light of recent political and social unrest in the region, foreign investors are taking a “wait-and-see” attitude to projects in the Middle East and North Africa. For the region’s investment…

Robert Whyte, Carlos Griffin |