Beset by poverty or pressured by tradition, some parents in Burkina Faso do not think twice about marrying off their daughters when they are very young. In some instances also, the honor of the…

Samira Ouedraogo |

I just returned from Dakar, Senegal where I visited Mbeubeuss, the infamous dumpsite in the capital’s outskirts. An entire community of waste pickers have been eking out a living there since 1968…

Simeon Ehui |

In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

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 |

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 |

Accumulated scientific evidence shows that proper nutrition and stimulation in utero and during early childhood benefit physical and mental well-being later in life and contribute to the…

Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

[[tweetable]]Improving people’s lives is more than offering services. [[/tweetable]]It requires people to be active participants in development, demanding services and products that add value to…

Arianna Legovini |

Photo: CIFOR | Flickr Creative Commons  Africa is a continent rich in natural resources and boasts a large young, ambitious, and entrepreneurial-minded population. Harnessed properly, these…

Fida Rana, Chidi Izuwah |

A conversation with Dr. Ibrahima Giroux, Senegal’s Early Years Fellow   The demand for expertise in the area of early childhood development is increasing in Africa. But this demand is not being…

Noreyana Fernando |

Video still of a mine in southern Africa by Clifford Derrick

Ronald Upenyu Mutasa |