Technology serves as a key driver of change and opens new avenues to address the world’s most complex challenges. It is changing the nature of work and challenging traditional production patterns…

Mirai Maruo, David Young |

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 |

Nguyen Van Khuyen (right) and To Hoai Thuong (left). Photo: Flore de Preneuf/World Bank Last year, we showcased how Vietnamese farmers in the Mekong Delta are adapting to climate change. You met…

Hyea Won Lee, Vikas Choudhary |

Also available in: Français | العربية| Español Photo: Daniel Silva Yoshisato An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot officially prove their identity, according to the 2017 update of the…

Vyjayanti T Desai, Matthias Witt, Kamya Chandra, Jonathan Marskell |

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 |

a longer version of this blog post is available on the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative platform With Google Trends data showing that searches for the word “blockchain” have…

Mariana Dahan, Michael Casey |

There are an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world, largely in Asia and Africa, who do not have an officially recognized document to prove their identity.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than…

Vyjayanti T Desai |

Statelessness is now a systemic challenge affecting over 10 million people in the world, with millions of children placed in vulnerable situations. Experts also note that the statistics on the…

Mariana Dahan, John Edge |

​Being able to prove one’s identity is more than a convenience; it is based on fundamental human rights. ​Identification (ID) is indispensable for ensuring access for individuals to educational…

Mariana Dahan, Randeep Sudan |

Photo: © UNICEF/BANA2012-02020/Jannatul Mawa This week, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and IMF representatives gathered for Third International Conference on Financing for Development in…

Mariana Dahan, Alan Gelb |