School leadership plays a major role in shaping the quality of education, acting as a strategic lever to foster conducive learning conditions for students. Despite this, the characteristics of…

Nathalie Guilbert, Carolina Alban Conto, Fabricia Devignes, Juan D. Barón |

The West African Economic and Monetary Union community, which comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo, is facing a deficit of decent housing of…

Mazen Bouri |

High levels of poverty coupled with conflict, instability, and climate-induced disasters, make the Sahel a difficult environment for the people that live there. Challenges from droughts and…

Judy Baker, Sylvie Debomy, Soraya Goga |

Across Africa, adaptive social safety nets are on the rise. Building on traditional safety nets that provide cash assistance and other services to poor households on a regular basis, they respond…

Felix Lung |

Evidence shows that children’s development and women’s participation in economic activity increase growth, reduce poverty, and improve household well-being. This paper examines whether community-…

Kehinde Ajayi, Aziz Dao, Rebekka Grun, Estelle Koussoubé |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces four papers published from November 16 to November 30 on various topics,…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

As climate change diminishes the availability of surface water in Africa, groundwater has emerged as a vital untapped resource. But in the Sahel, a global hotspot for climate change and one of the…

François Bertone, Mariam Sou |

In April 20202, Action Against Hunger published a report presenting a set of measures designed to mitigate the impacts of the upcoming food crisis. The report started with a statement that is…

Stephanie Brunelin, Jonathan Lain |

Like other countries worldwide, Sahelian countries have been seriously impacted by COVID-19. As of May 31st, 2022, many Sahelian people have been infected by the pandemic, including 20,899 cases…

Aboudrahyme Savadogo, Aly Sanoh, Sidi Mohamed Sawadogo, Clarence Tsimpo Nkengne |

Creating new jobs is one of the biggest challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. This blog assesses the short-term impacts of two innovative interventions to enhance private sector…

Michael Grimm, Michael Weber, Sidiki Soubeiga |