This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces five papers published from March 16 to March 31 on various topics, including…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Cash transfers have been extensively used as a tool to soften the negative impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. A recent working paper uses data from a randomized cash transfer experiment in Guinea to…

Damien de Walque, Dimitris Mavridis |

If you paid some of the highest electricity tariffs in the world, you would expect some of the most reliable electricity services. Unfortunately, this logic does not hold in West Africa, where…

Mustafa Zakir Hussain |

Today, on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day , we are pleased to announce the winners of the Blog4Dev 2021 competition.

Hafez Ghanem, Ousmane Diagana |

From public transit quality to land use patterns, there are many factors that may impact people's ability to access essential services like healthcare or education. A new World Bank study…

Aiga Stokenberga, Karla Dominguez Gonzalez |

A growing number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are confronted with complex, multi-dimensional crises amplified by the dual threat of fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) and climate-…

Johanna Damboeck, Kaori Oshima, Corey Pattison, Nicolas Perrin |

Having worked as a Task Team Leader for health projects related to Guinea for close to 20 years, I have experienced and have had to handle almost all the major health crises faced by the country…

Ibrahim Magazi |

By 2050, demand for meat and dairy products in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase by 327% and 270%, respectively, while demand for grains is projected to rise by 190%, in comparison with…

Caroline Plante |

This week, global development experts focused on strengthening supply chains to protect the safe development and delivery of future COVID-19 vaccines, and the importance of civil society and non-…

Priyanka Ripley |