Globally, only 66% of schools have access to basic sanitation, and about 407 million children lack access to any type of toilets in school.

Odete Duarte Muximpua, Lúcia Nhampossa |

The mandated confinement and social distancing measures in force during an extended period of time, whilst beneficial to flatten the curve of transmission, are having an adverse economic impact on…

Rafael Saute, Edmundo Murrugarra, Julián Casal, Jordi Gallego-Ayala |

Southern African countries had a tough 2019. The Government of Lesotho declared a national disaster as a result of the drought which left a fourth of its population facing severe food insecurity…

Barry Maher, Gracelin Baskaran |

A recent World Bank report finds that the Bank’s strategic use of climate-related trust funds has enabled it to play an outsized role in catalyzing climate action worldwide for nearly 30 years.…

Shaanti Kapila |

Child marriage is defined as a marital union involving at least one individual under 18 years of age.

Edmundo Simão |

A few months ago, before the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic turned the world upside down, we visited Amelia and her friends Maria and Amelia in their village of Nhamiambe in Marromeu District, in…

Amanda Jerneck, Carmen Lahoz Rallo |

Earlier this year we launched Inclusion Matters in Africa in Nairobi in collaboration with the Kenya National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). We could not have hoped for a more informed and…

Simeon Ehui, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maitreyi Bordia Das, Sabina Anne Espinoza |

For 13-year-old Rafina from Beira, one of Mozambique’s largest cities, the feeling seems familiar. Only one year has passed since Cyclone Idai hit, and again her school is closed. This time,…

Myrta Kaulard, Mark Lundell |

The World Bank is offering a new procurement option to help countries access critically needed medical supplies.

Enzo de Laurentiis |

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 |