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 |

The Western and Central Africa (WCA) region is home to an estimated half a billion people and more than 40% of the population is under the age of 15, as shown by the data from the United Nations…

Ekua Nuama Bentil, Yoko Nagashima, Himdat Bayusuf, Jamil Salmi, Assane Dieng, Venkatesh Sundararaman |

Occupational choice is one of the most important economic decisions an individual can make and has been shown to be a key driver of the productivity and earnings gap between men and women.

Smita Das, Clara Delavallade, Ayodele Fashogbon, Wale Ogunleye, Sreelakshmi Papineni |

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 |

A new World Bank Group paper on conflict-induced internal displacement outlines several recommendations for the institution to further step up its support to internally displaced populations and…

Stefan Emblad, Xavier Devictor, Caroline Bahnson |

Any weakness in a country's ability to procure, store, deliver or equitably prioritize the vaccines will have a dramatic impact on the success of the COVID-19 vaccines rollout. Mobilizing all…

David Clarke, Anna Cocozza, Sneha Kanneganti, Andreas Seiter |

Nigeria presents a key opportunity to better understand the barriers faced by women and marginalized groups in accessing an ID

Lucia Hanmer, Victoria Esquivel-Korsiak, Rohini P. Pande |

While strengthening the public health sector delivery capabilities and domestic resource mobilization remains a priority, private providers also play a key role in serving a sizable proportion of…

Sneha Kanneganti |

We face a crisis of citizen trust in governance today. Prior to the pandemic, citizens trust in governments had already plummeted to an all-time low, according to the Edelman Barometer. In far too…

Sanjay Pradhan |

To this end, the World Bank, the EQUALS Global Partnership’s Access Coalition and the GSMA have come together to launch three digital literacy pilot programs focusing on women and girls.

Mariana Lopez, Zainab Rahima Aminu |