In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

Photo: UNSOM/Flickr Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu is defined by a complex mix of challenges and opportunities. Despite political and economic struggles, Somalis are innovating to break the…

Roku Fukui, Christopher James Arderne |

The markets for rural energy access and internet connectivity are ripe for disruption – and increasingly, we’re seeing benefit from combining the offerings.   Traditionally, power and broadband…

Anna Lerner, Roku Fukui, Doyle Gallegos |

Doing homework at night using power generated by human movement during recess earlier in the day. This play-powered light is offered by Empower Playgrounds.  (…

Anna Lerner |

The challenge gets underway at Nairobi's iHub. Photo: Anna Lerner/World Bank The Negawatt Challenge is is an open-innovation competition that will leverage a variety of cities’ rich …

Anna Lerner, Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond |