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 |

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to visit the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The UNHCR has just documented a record 100 million…

Soukeyna Kane |

One objective of fiscal policy is to stabilize a country’s macroeconomic environment. Countercyclical fiscal measures intend to offset the effects of the economic cycle on a country’s economy. For…

Jose Luis Diaz Sanchez, Joana Monteiro da Mota |

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 |

While Chad, a net oil exporter since 2003, saw its GDP per capita double between 1995 and 2014, since then, it has lost about one-fourth of its GDP per capita. A sharp decline in oil prices,…

Fulbert Tchana Tchana, Claudia Noumedem Temgoua, Aboudrahyme Savadogo, Landry Kuate Fotue |

The World Bank’s engagement in transboundary waters in West Africa is at a turning point, at a time when the G5 Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger are facing…

Laura Bonzanigo, Sanjay Pahuja, Clementine Marie Stip, Cecilia Borgia |

Two World Bank papers investigate the links between infrastructure investments and economic development in two fragile regions of Africa. They discuss the effect on development impacts when…

Vivien Foster, Mathilde Lebrand |

With support from the World Bank, the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF), UNICEF, UNFPA, Care International, Plan International and Save the Children and others,…

Emelyne Calimoutou |

The leaders of Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Chad signed a groundbreaking declaration, calling for the creation of a Sahel coalition that would put education at the center of their…

Ousmane Diagana, Mamta Murthi |

Chad made progress in reducing poverty, from 47 % in 2011 to 42 % in 2018. But the COVID-19 crisis has threatened economic and social gains, pushing the country into recession and hundreds of…

Fulbert Tchana Tchana, Aboudrahyme Savadogo, Claudia Noumedem Temgoua |