The young Nigerien women pictured here are attending a girls-only safe space club, where they are learning about sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, gender awareness, decision-making,…

Priyanka Ripley |

The Sahel Region is a priority for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Niger, a landlocked country in the Sahel region of Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. With high prevalence of child marriage and early childbearing, Niger currently has a…

Luc Razafimandimby, Vinaya Swaroop |

While camps are often crucial for the displaced populations in the immediate term, they are not a tenable option when displacement becomes prolonged.

Utz Pape, Ambika Sharma |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

Globally, 56 percent of children live in countries with Human Capital Index (HCI) scores below 0.5. As these countries gear up to improve their human capital outcomes, it is vital to set a target…

Zelalem Yilma Debebe |

Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |

Betty teaches mothers with small children about nutrition, Uganda. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank In a large, complex, or urgent situation, the command goes out: “All hands on deck!” Sub-…

Emmanuel Skoufias |

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 |