Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

Also available in: Français Brainstorming session at the Bamako Policy Hackathon. Photo: World Bank What would happen if you put all the relevant players for the entrepreneurial ecosystem —…

Alexandre Laure, Jon Stever |

Tech startups and business angels are not what comes to mind when thinking of the Czech Republic (CR). Instead, this small central European country is known for its beer, scenic bridges crossing…

Anwar Aridi |

Also available in: Français | Mongolian ©2014 David Waldorf/World Bank   For several years during my childhood, I helped my mother plant vegetables and harvest crops on an urban farm in the…

Rentsenkhand “Handaa” Enkh-Amgalan |

Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. Poor people are not only more vulnerable to climate-related shocks, but they also have fewer resources to prevent, cope with, and adapt to disasters. The…

Monica Vidili |

Billions of US dollars have been spent—by governments, microfinance organizations, and NGOs—on training the owners of small businesses. Traditional programs typically aim to teach practices such…

David McKenzie, Markus Goldstein |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

There is inadequate encouragement of girls to pursue math and science in school. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank) UNESCO estimates that barely 30 percent of Africa’s women pursue research in…

Madiha Waris Qureshi |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

Photo: Wikimedia Commons What do Benin, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Togo and Mali have in common? Apart from being members of the eight-country strong West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA),…

François Bergere |