In the face of COVID-19, Somalia's education system has been scrambling to transition to online learning. The situation has created many challenges, but also a few unexpected opportunities.…

Roku Fukui, Abdullahi Bihi Hussein |

How can we connect women in fragile settings to the digital economy—and the countless job opportunities that come with it?

Danielle Robinson, Aisha Sani, Zainab Rahima Aminu |

While many private companies have fully embraced digital technology, adoption in the public sector has been slower. As we prepare for the "new normal," how can we help governments catch…

Samia Melhem, Maryam Lawal, Sajitha Bashir |

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 |

Satellite image and analysis of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan in Samoa. Credit: UNITAR-UNOSAT With crisis mapping’s increasing profile, other organizations have joined the fray. Just this…

Dana Rawls |

Haiti map after the 2010 earthquake. Over 450 OpenStreetMap volunteers from an estimated 29 countries digitized roads, landmarks and buildings to assist with disaster response and reconstruction.…

Dana Rawls |

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 |

A waste collection site in Dar es Salaam,   Tanzania. Photo: Cecilia Paradi-Guilford Plastic waste, in particular PET, which is typically found in soda bottles, is becoming abundant in African…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, Scott Henry |