A YouTube map that shows where people are when they view the videos. That the video might be of interest to a dry country like Niger – where herding of goats and other livestock is so important –…

Tony Whitten |

A new page on the World Bank’s web site emphasizes that addressing climate change is first and foremost a development priority for Africa. Even if emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases…

Raffaello Cervigni |

The first country to declare broadband internet access a legal right was Finland back in October. A month later, Spain also guaranteed the legal right to broadband. Both countries have committed…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami |

Some recipients of a scholarship given to young girls in Cambodia at the end of primary school. The program has had a significant effect on girls’ secondary enrollment. (photo by Deon Filmer)…

Emmanuel Jimenez |

Latin America and Caribbean: Remittances to Mexico declined 35.8% y-o-y in October. Year-to-date decline is 16.5%. Remittances to Colombia declined 19.5% y-o-y in October. Year-to-date decline is…

Ani Silwal |

What will reading be like for children around the world in the digital age?  Ben Bederson thinks this is a question we should be asking children themselves. Bederson, a professor at the University…

Michael Trucano |

One of the most extraordinary examples of the use of economic principles comes from the beginning of the 19th century, when England used to send a huge number of prisoners to Australia. The…

Eliana Cardoso |

    Photo © Julia Bucknall/World Bank It is very hard to explain through writing what befell us. The drought is more that what is seen on telly. I am now only left with one cattle. The rest were…

Sam Stanyaki |

Amazon, the company behind the Kindle, perhaps the world's most famous e-reader, recently announced an international version of its digital book reading device that will allow users to…

Michael Trucano |

Red deer from the Mongolia Red List for Mammals. The Red Books and Red Lists, produced regularly by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, are fundamental tools in the monitoring of…

Tony Whitten |