The increasing food deficit and demand from neighboring countries, such as Nigeria, Niger, and Burkina Faso, have put enormous pressures on the local and regional food markets. The West Africa…

Nazaire Idrissou Houssou, Erick Abiassi, Chakib Jenane |

Benin is a small country with big potential. Considered among the best-performing economies in Africa, improving access to water and sanitation are key to sustaining the country’s efforts towards…

Georges Comair, Yeli Mariam Dakoure Sou, Laila Kasuri |

Barriers that keep women and girls offline are costly, especially in developing countries. Ensuring that women and girls have equal access to and use of digital technologies is central to their…

Nicole Klingen, Alicia Hammond, Sharada Srinivasan |

Ambitious reforms and private-sector engagement improve access to water in Benin

Georges Comair, Charles Delfieux, Yeli Mariam Dakoure Sou |

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 |

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 |

In Gbekon, Benin, summers come with flooding from the Mono River. Erosion of the nearby coast, along with more unpredictable rainfall, have made these floods worse over time. Each flood cuts…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maria Sarraf, Simeon Ehui |

There is a lot of enthusiasm about the use of digital technologies to solve market failures in agriculture. A forthcoming report by the World Bank finds that by reducing transaction costs…

Mariella Goebl, Chris Weigl, Marie-Agnès Jouanjean |

Benin’s forests provide energy, food, medicine, places of worship and income that support the livelihoods of thousands of communities. They also regulate the air they breathe, the water they drink…

Maria Sarraf, Manuela Ravina da Silva |