Despite the significant agricultural potential of over 6 million hectares of farmland and 300,000 hectares of irrigable land, my country, Guinea, is unable to derive the full benefit of this…

Fatoumata Cissoko |

East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

© Sarah Farhat/World Bank One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of marginalized people. In most cases…

Kristalina Georgieva |

Access to finance was the major constraint to starting or growing a household enterprise. Photo: Odette Maciel Non-farm household enterprises provide an important opportunity for employment in…

Julia Granata, Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Odette Maciel, Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad |

Connected cities use urban infrastructure and transportation networks to boost access to economic opportunities and job creation. In Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, a project recently analyzed the flows of…

Sonia Madhvani, Timothy Clay |

Lancinet Keita. Photo: Mamadou Bah On my first project visit since joining the World Bank, I had a chance to accompany the Productive Social Safety Nets project team across the country to the…

Mamadou Bah |

The key to breaking the vicious circle is the first move. This is the first, often bold step into the unknown. It comes with the realization that things need to be shaken up to overturn the…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |

Meet Ibrahim, 27, a 2015 Agronomy graduate from Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture, one of the leading agricultural colleges in Sub-Saharan Africa. You would expect him to be dressed in…

Michael Paul Mollel |

Asking how migrants themselves see the difference may further help understand why they often move to towns, while the income levels and amenities are higher in the cities. (Photo: Hendri Lombard…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |

These are some of the insights emerging from the in-depth conversations with 75 migrants from rural Kagera, Tanzania which are recounted here in a 3-blog series. This first blog focuses on the…

Luc Christiaensen, Joachim De Weerdt, Bert Ingelaere, Ravi Kanbur |