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 |

Also available in: Français What is it like to set up and run an incubator as a woman? The answer, much like anywhere else in the world for working women, is that it’s complicated. In many…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

Also available in: Français As we saw in our second blog, [[tweetable]]entrepreneurship plays a critical role in promoting sustainable growth[[/tweetable]]. Yet, in many West-African countries,…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

Today I’m taking part in a World Bank Annual Meetings event that focuses on a very important question: How can developing countries continue to excel in manufacturing?
 

Raj Batra |

Also available in: Français Across West Africa, it’s very difficult to find a workplace as innovative and diverse as business incubators. Known for their young, energized, and often gender-…

Alexandre Laure, Niamh O'Sullivan |

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 |

The price of sending international remittances has reached a new record low in the first quarter of 2014. The global average cost of sending money across borders was recorded at 8.36 percent. This…

Massimo Cirasino, Marco Nicoli |

At the World Free Zone Convention in Izmir, Turkey, which I attended in December, an important question was asked:  Have "Special Economic Zones" entered the 21st Century?  Evidence…

Martin Norman |

On February 27, a high-level regional workshop kicked off in Lomé, Togo, with the participation of Ministers of gender affairs and officials from 11 economies from West and Central Africa focusing…

Paula Tavares |