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 |

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 |

With as many as 12 million mobile phone users, mobile is booming in Afghanistan (Credit: USAID, Flickr Creative Commons) Afghanistan has made significant progress in its development since 2001.…

Anushka Thewarapperuma |

How can countries create 600 million jobs for its citizens? As the World Bank convenes its Spring Meetings in Washington this week to discuss the state of international development, the question…

Ivan Rossignol, Yannick Saleman, Luke Jordan |

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 |