In Malawi, UNICEF reported that in 2017, 46% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 9% before the age of 15. This has robbed our sisters the opportunity of getting a decent education,…

Brian C. Kalimbuka |

Picture a small girl, not more than 13-years-old. The last thing that would come to your mind is this child being a mother or a wife. You’d expect a 13-year-old, or younger girl, to be playing…

Fauzia Abdi Idle |

A new study finds that child marriage could cost developing countries trillions of dollars by 2030, with the largest economic cost coming from its impact on fertility and population growth.…

Quentin Wodon, Suzanne Petroni |

View a slideshow of photos by Lieve Blancquaert here Ed’s note: This guest blog is by Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United States of America in Washington DC   A Kenyan…

Dirk Wouters |

Also available in: Español  |  Francais Student at primary school in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa…

Oni Lusk-Stover, Rosemary Rop, Elaine Tinsley, Tamer Samah Rabie |

Children having meals in school in Ghana. Photo: © Arne Hoel/The World Bank April 7th is World Health Day, a day to highlight emerging global health concerns. The focus this year is raising…

Linda Brooke Schultz, Andy Chi Tembon |

Children work in their classroom. Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World Bank “Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that…

Samuel Berlinski |

More photos in a slideshow about early childhood development in Malawi  here. 
Today, on the Day of the African Child, we interview our World Bank colleague, Christin McConnell, about early…

Aliza Marcus |

In the complex world of education policy, some experts comment that school-based deworming may be the closest we have come to finding a "magic bullet." In regions of the world with high…

Donald Bundy |

So much has been written recently about the individual, economic and social benefits of investing in early childhood development (ECD), that it is becoming a challenge to summarize these studies.…

Emiliana Vegas |