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 |

The archetype of the strong African woman standing as an unmoving pillar of her community is one that transcends national borders on the African continent. While in the past, this image often…

Nayé Bathily |

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 |

They are young, dynamic and solving problems in their community—Diepsloot township, a mixed formal and informal settlement of 139,000 people to the north of Johannesburg. These are some of the…

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly |

Only three weeks after my arrival in South Africa, the country that is to be my home for the next three years, my team and I are in Tembisa, a township east of Johannesburg. Tembisa, where nearly…

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly |

As we look back at the four years spent in the Maghreb and Malta, as Country Director Marie Francoise-Nelly would like to share some reflections on her work there with the World Bank.

Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly |

The development of many Southern African countries is inextricably linked to the mining sector. Yet the history of mining in Southern Africa, a region marked with high levels of inequality, is…

Marek Hanusch, Gracelin Baskaran |

The effects of continuous and seemingly limitless expansion of urban areas are taking a toll on many, if not most, cities of Sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly apparent in Tanzania’s…

Eric Dickson, Franka van Marrewijk |