In this day and age, writing an academic thesis without access to scholarly research or the internet sounds virtually impossible. Yet this is the reality experienced by many university students in…

Roku Fukui, Hassan Hirsi |

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 president of the Somali Chamber of Commerce, Mohamoud Abdi Ali,  joins with the country's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khadra Ahmed Dualle, at the IFC-sponsored Public-Private…

Klaus Tilmes |

Photo credit: STARS/Flickr Enabling a robust market for information and communications technologies (ICTs) is fundamental to rebuilding fragile and conflict affected states (FCSs) and addressing…

Mark Jamison |

In 2014, money transfer operators sending funds to Somalia were coming under increasing pressure. Western financial institutions, concerned about money possibly ending up in the hands of…

Emile van der Does de Willebois |

  The World Bank Group continues to engage in South Sudan despite the odds, and for good reason Tell people you work in Juba – capital of South Sudan and now the newest member of the East African…

Jean Lubega-Kyazze |

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the World Bank Group and other development partners actively promoted the mobile revolution, opening up telecommunication sectors that were largely monopolistic and…

Pierre Guislain |

The White Nile in South Sudan. Photo by Steve Utterwulghe. As I was landing in Juba, the bustling capital of South Sudan, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my days working in Khartoum for the UN…

Steve Utterwulghe, Patrick Banya |

  Photo: Cilmi Waare/Radio Mogadishu Somalia’s ICT sector – particularly mobile communications – is already one of the brightest spots in its economy. It could soon reach a tipping point where…

Rachel Firestone, Tim Kelly, Axel Rifon |