Aerial drones have zoomed their way into almost every aspect of the modern world, and the development sector is no exception. In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, drones…

Pierre Francois-Xavier Boulenger |

While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in poverty, resulting in…

Aroha Bahuguna, Aude-Sophie Rodella |

Children in Koutoukalé, Niger Have you ever wondered how your life chances are affected by where you were born? Odds of being born at all are already miraculously small, but only one in ten of us…

Maximilian Leo Hirn, Aude-Sophie Rodella |

Children from Gwoza, an area within Borno State, North East, Nigeria. Photo by: Nabil Shaiban/World Bank Her tears remain vivid in my mind. She was one of so many young Nigerian kids that we met…

Nabil Ali Shaiban |

View the full infographic here For the past two years, the rains have been poor in Somalia. What comes next is tragically familiar. Dry wells. Dying livestock. Failed harvests. Migration.  Masses…

Claudia W. Sadoff, Dominick Revell de Waal, Edoardo Borgomeo |

IDPs in North-East Nigeria. Photo by Immanuel Afolabi,  The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University Oumar (not his real name) lives with his parents and six younger siblings…

Rachid Benmessaoud |

About this series More blog posts Forced displacement is a global crisis that requires urgent humanitarian action. But as displacement tends to last many years – with long-term impacts on the…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jo de Berry |

If you are working on an urban water project, what information do you need?  You likely want to know what your project’s water utility knows. How else can you start talking to each other to have a…

Alexander Danilenko |

1 basin, 9 countries, 1 vision was in a brochure of one of the Council of Ministers meeting of the Niger Basin. The first time I saw that brochure I smiled as I right away thought about 9-1-1, the…

Amal Talbi |

They both hold the potential to help meet the needs of the poor and end poverty. New ideas and innovative solutions are critical to address the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |