The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the largest global shocks in recent history, but it did not increase extreme poverty in Africa as it was feared it would. The reason may be a combination of things…

Kibrom A. Abay, Nishant Yonzan, Sikandra Kurdi, Kibrom Tafere |

With lessons learned over its two years of operation, the Gap Fund climate initiative aims to expand its technical assistance to as many as 40 new cities in the upcoming year

Augustin Maria, Giulia Macagno |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces five papers published in August 2022 on various topics, including COVID-19…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

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 |

In this blog, we highlight two projects that leveraged data-driven policymaking processes and simulations.

Kerina Wang, KCP Program Management Unit (KCP PMU) |

The World Bank's Global Tax Program explores the gender dimensions of tax systems, aiming to help developing countries formulate tax policies with a gender lens. Results from three countries…

Caren Grown, Ceren Ozer, Chiara Bronchi |

This study assesses the impacts of hosting refugees on the livelihood strategies of households in host communities focusing on diversification and agricultural commercialization. It uses a dataset…

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, Solomon Zena Walelign, Ganesh Seshan |

Climate change has significantly increased the frequency and intensity of natural hazards such as flooding, erosion, and landslides, also referred to as “geohazards.” These events pose a growing…

Wenxin Qiao, Bezawit Tesfaye, Stephen Muzira |

Crop production losses are as significant from an aggregate economic perspective as they are a threat to the livelihoods of the poorest. A fine-grained and standardized way to measure this…

Yannick Markhof, Philip Randolph Wollburg, Giulia Ponzini |