Tackling fragility and promoting integration in the Horn of Africa through ‘development diplomacy’

Vijay Pillai, Miguel de Corral |

Since 2011, as part of the Nile Basin Initiative, the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office in partnership with CIWA has run an internship program for the next generation of talented water…

Shyam KC, Yukio Tanaka, Anders Jagerskog |

With 90 percent of fresh water in Africa found within 63 international river basin catchments crossing multiple borders, water resource management on the continent must be an inherently…

Noosha Tayebi |

Maps and the use of geographical information systems (GIS) are also key tools in understanding the value of ‘unseen’ resources such as groundwater, a topic that will be at the forefront of the…

Angelica Valeria Ospina, Erwin de Nys |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group that were published in the World Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series. It introduces five…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Rising debt and record-high commodity prices are tempting many developing countries to pledge their natural resources to secure the financing they so urgently need. They should tread carefully: a…

Marcello Estevão, Diego Rivetti, David Mihalyi |

In a recent visit to South Sudan, we met with livestock herders as they were tending to their livestock in a cattle camp outside of Juba. One of the most memorable conversations was with a woman…

Holger Kray, Tahira Syed, Ana Cristina Canales Gomez |

Women in South Sudan face extraordinary challenges. Rates of sexual and gender-based violence are among the highest in the world. Opportunities for education and vocational training are scarce.…

Charity Nyombe Gabriel Modi, Daniel Balke |

South Sudan presents a highly dynamic and challenging development context. As a fragile and conflict-affected country, it continues to suffer from extreme poverty and vulnerability.

Nadia Selim, Erina Iwami, Sumaira Sagheer |

Saving money, or spending it in ways to support long-term goals, is difficult for anyone. Living in extreme poverty makes it even more challenging and is almost inconceivable during a global…

Nadia Selim, Sumaira Sagheer, Janet Maya, Catherine MacLeod |