The International Day of Forests this month is an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by forests in improving the livelihoods of 400 million Africans who depend on them for food, energy…

Africa Olojoba |

With just 10 percent of the world's vehicles, the region accounts for more than a quarter of global traffic deaths. Many crash victims are pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists, and road…

Hartwig Schafer |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

Investing in and protecting human capital is a key element of the first institution-wide strategy on fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) of the World Bank Group. Health is a critical element of…

Muhammad Ali Pate, Franck Bousquet |

There was a palpable energy buzzing in the room as a group of women and children gathered around to learn more about the power of electricity and solar access in rural Hadramout, in central…

Samantha Constant, Elisabeth Maier |

Profiles of women reformers making it easier to do business around the world

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

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 |

The Statistics for Results Facility (SRF), a multi-donor trust fund, worked with countries to improve the production, availability, and use of data for evidence-based decision making...

Masako Hiraga, Yele Batana, Melat Assefa |

Ministers and delegates from around the world gather in Stockholm to discuss road safety initiatives, share lessons from the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, and…

Hartwig Schafer |