Between the 1970s and 1998, the World Bank financed 100 sites and services projects in 53 countries. Now, could a second generation of sites and services projects be a solution for the housing…

Judy Baker, Sheila Kamunyori, Keziah Mwang’a |

This  World Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series introduces 6 papers published from March 1 to March 15 on various topics, including taxation, gender, and wildfire smokes.

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

The unabated degradation of a single water body can spell great misfortune for millions of people living in a region already weighed down by climate change, fragility, population growth, and…

Mili Varughese, Shyam KC |

Two World Bank papers investigate the links between infrastructure investments and economic development in two fragile regions of Africa. They discuss the effect on development impacts when…

Vivien Foster, Mathilde Lebrand |

How many people in African countries have been killed by the pandemic? Official confirmed COVID-19 data show extremely low death rates across Africa, but we know that many if not most COVID-19…

Anne Bakilana, Gabriel Demombynes, Paul Gubbins |

On the road to COP26 in Glasgow, the calls for more locally led climate action are growing stronger.

Margaret Arnold, Nicholas Soikan |

Getting a driving license (DL) in Kenya these days is like a walk in the park. After booking a driving test online and passing the test at one of the driving test centers across the country, the…

Josphat Sasia |

Africa's future largely depends on the extent to which it will involve its youth in the quest to build back better from the current pandemic. The continent's young population represents…

Kevin Lunzalu |

what are the outcomes for children if cash transfers go to mothers versus fathers? the evidence on this isn't clear and a new paper from Kenya shows that it might not matter, if the outcome…

Markus Goldstein |