Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

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 |

Investments in education could spur economic growth in India (Credit: World Bank) I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to my former professor Amartya Sen at the World Bank who attempted to…

Sebastian James |

Does Rwanda's impressive growth tell the whole story? (Credit: CIAT, Flickr Creative Commons) Over the last few years, a lot of optimism has been built around Rwanda being the next big thing…

Mohammad Amin |

New approaches to medical care can improve health outcomes (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) In many poor countries, a large proportion of health services is provided by the private sector, including…

Jorge Coarasa |

Successful industrial parks can drive economic competitiveness  (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) Why do so many industrial park programs fail? They are popular across the developing world, inspired…

Yannick Saleman, Luke Jordan |

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 |

Will improved identification accelerate financial inclusion? ( Credit: Kkalyan, Flickr Creative Commons) Wherever individuals are excluded from formal financial services the source of the problem…

Martin Kanz |

While it’s International Women’s Day tomorrow, many of us at infoDev are trying every day to make women, specifically women innovators, central to our strategy of supporting high-growth…

Anthony Lambkin |

In the old times, the post office was the main connector between cities and villages, moving letters and money to every corner of the country, and contributing towards the territorial…

Isabelle Huynh |