In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

When I asked a table of Nigerian bankers whether corporate debt to finance solar off-grid and mini grid companies would find favor in local capital markets, they literally laughed at the idea. No…

Jonathan Coony |

As the digital economy gears up to be the new driver of development in Malaysia, tax policy will need to keep pace with the country’s ambitions towards increased digitalization. Photo: bigstock/…

Richard Record, Jonathan Leigh Pemberton |

Comment attirer davantage de financements privés dans l’agro-industrie, le logement et le tourisme en Afrique de l’Est ? C’est le thème choisi pour l’édition annuelle du Forum sur le financement…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

In November 2016, we published the “Practical Guide for Measuring Retail Payment Costs”, an innovative methodology that can be customized to country needs and circumstances, without losing the…

Holti Banka |

My admiration for hummingbirds began in my native Brazil.   The hummingbird’s flight patterns may seem a mystery as they shift from one flower to the next.  But hummingbirds are immensely…

Otaviano Canuto |

Malaysia is home to a vibrant Islamic banking sector. Islamic finance has grown rapidly in the past two decades and it now stands as a potential contributor in supporting the Sustainable…

Abayomi Alawode, Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz, Ana Maria Aviles |

Chaque année, plus de 5 millions de mères et d’enfants meurent de causes évitables. Près d’un quart des enfants de moins de 5 ans dans le monde souffrent de malnutrition et 260 millions d’enfants…

Jim Yong Kim |

The recent acceleration in growth rates across much of sub-Saharan Africa may not be purely commodity-driven, but for many of the region’s economies macro-economic stability is still dependent on…

Ken Opalo |

Everyone agrees that enhanced transparency—on payments, revenues, royalties and taxes—is essential to success in developing countries to turn earnings from oil, gas and mining into economic growth…

Kelly Alderson |