Also available in: Français  Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank There’s no question that agriculture is critical to Africa’s biggest development goals. It is fundamental for poverty reduction, economic…

Simeon Ehui |

  [[tweetable]]Digital opportunities are the fuel of the new economy. They have significant impact on both the economy and society.[[/tweetable]] They contribute to growth, create jobs, are a key…

Boutheina Guermazi |

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 |

 3D printing filament from PET plastic, ReFabDar  The World Bank recently launched the ReFabDar initiative together with COSTECH and the Ethical Filament Foundation to test the opportunity of…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford |

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 |

In the last couple of months, we saw some amazing events making the news headlines. From World Bank President Jim Kim’s outstanding lecture at Georgetown University on “Lessons from Ebola”, to the…

Mariana Dahan |

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 |

We are witnesses to the surge of tech startup ecosystems in cities around the world, in both developed and developing countries. In my previous blog post, I showed this trend and the studies that…

Victor Mulas |

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile phones, are increasingly seen as critical tools to improve public health and health outcomes in Africa. Several experiments,…

Samia Melhem |

Jeff Jesse, a Tanzanian student leader who has been collaborating with the World Bank team at the Open Development Technology Alliance, suggested an exciting idea over on the Daraja blog: 

Joshua Goldstein |