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 |

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

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we highlight the accomplishments of five leaders who have delivered much needed regulatory reforms benefiting entrepreneurs.

Caroline Freund, Valerie Marechal, Iva Ilieva Hamel |

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 Liberian women play a huge role in shaping the social, economic and political landscape of the country, it offers a conflicted picture when it comes to gender-related issues. Rates of sexual…

AKO Essan Emile, Ilke Dagli Hustings, Cleophas Obino Torori |

As any development practitioner knows, a well-functioning transport sector is key to advance Africa’s development. But advancing towards safe, sustainable and integrated transport systems in…

Makhtar Diop |

Did you know that traditional fish smoking is a sub-sector of the seafood processing industry in Africa?

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jingjie Chu, Berengere Prince |

This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |

Liberia strived to enhance the capacity of its national statistical system so it could track the progress of the country’s development. In making an effort to improve the capacity of its…

Sun Hwa Song, Masako Hiraga |

On March 15, Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe and we were faced with a twofold challenge. First, how would we design a disaster recovery solution that could deliver both quick yet sustainable results to…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Ayaz Parvez |