Although rates of infection have not been as high as in other regions, the economic consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa have been severe due to the…

Pierella Paci |

It is Saturday at 7 am in Antananarivo. Little by little, the big courtyard of the technical high school of Alarobia fills up. Beneficiaries of the Tosika Fameno, an unconditional cash transfer…

Julia Rachel Ravelosoa |

Despite the fact that the government changed the legal minimum age of marriage to 18 in 2007, child marriage is still practiced in various forms depending on the communities: there is “moletry,”…

Mamitiana Naharifelantsoa |

Hear from Sofia Bettencourt, former Lead Adaptation Specialist for GFDRR, whose work has spanned participatory planning, institutional development, adaptation mainstreaming and coastal adaptation…

Sofia Bettencourt |

I am always proud to hear of young Africans taking up initiatives to address development issues on our continent. I am especially thrilled when brilliant ideas and activities are emerging in my…

Erick Rabemananoro |

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Nearly four in 10 girls marry each year before their 18th birthday, many of them becoming mothers at a young age.…

Hafez Ghanem |

With Madagascar’s health system under strain from the COVID-19 pandemic and schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, the health, education, and overall wellbeing of the Malagasy people are…

Peter Holland |

The International Day of Forests this month is an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by forests in improving the livelihoods of 400 million Africans who depend on them for food, energy…

Africa Olojoba |

On this rainy morning in January 2020, I am delighted to join my colleagues from the World Bank office in Madagascar—all of us wearing raincoats and carrying shovels, ready to plant 1,000 plants…

Erik Reed |