Map Action facilitates the establishment of a list of these shortcomings and helps the authorities find solutions. Photo: Habibatou Gologo/ World Bank Compared to Dakar, from where I traveled to…

Habibatou Gologo |

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 dramatic decrease in the cost of renewable energy technologies seen in recent years presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our access to energy—and create employment in the process.…

Abdishakur Ahmed |

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 |

Photo: Sarah Farhat/World Bank Group What exactly do we mean by green growth? For us, it’s not just about riding bikes and planting trees. The Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) defines green…

Eun Joo Allison Yi |

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 |

Various scholars have indulged tremendous resources to study poverty. Amartya Sen is among such scholars. He used the ideas of Adams Smith as his building blocks and looked at poverty as lacking…

Collin Namayuba Nabiswa |

Sustainable energy access is vital to the eradication of poverty.  I believe that by providing access to affordable energy, it triggers the domino effect of bringing light, clean water, tools of…

Martha Nasipwondi Wakoli |

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 |

Stretching for more than 1, 800 kilometers across Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, the Senegal River is the third longest river in Africa. In a region such as the Sahel, which is plagued by…

Kabine Komara |