Despite the significant agricultural potential of over 6 million hectares of farmland and 300,000 hectares of irrigable land, my country, Guinea, is unable to derive the full benefit of this…

Fatoumata Cissoko |

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program is building a sustainable and nutritious food system in Nigeria that creates jobs for youth. Photo: Dasan Bobo/World Bank For too long the…

Simeon Ehui |

When I was based in the field, I often noticed that many of the journalists working in Africa had not been specifically trained to report on development-related matters, which at times hobbled…

Haleh Bridi |

The year 2017 was momentous for Somalia, with the inauguration of a new president and parliament following a historic electoral process, and also the launch of a National Development Plan (2017–19…

Puteri Natalie Watson, George Conway |

A council member in Molota sharing her experience with the participatory budgeting pilot. Photo credit: PACV3 When we visited the rural commune of Molota about 115 km (70 miles) north-east of the…

Kaori Oshima, Nicolas Perrin |

Somaliland is often described as a breakaway state, void of international recognition. But most parts of Somaliland—including Hargeisa—boast safe, democratic, and culturally compelling…

During my years in college, the number of unemployed graduates in my city made me want to study harder, and seek the skills required in the workplace while I was still a student. Luckily, in my…

Mowliid Ahmed Hassan |

Lancinet Keita. Photo: Mamadou Bah On my first project visit since joining the World Bank, I had a chance to accompany the Productive Social Safety Nets project team across the country to the…

Mamadou Bah |

When the central government of Somalia collapsed in 1991, everything collapsed with it. Infrastructure was destroyed. Basic services, such as electricity and clean water, were no longer provided.…

Mohamed Maqadin |

The impact of climate change on hydrology and other natural resources, and on many sectors of African economies—from agriculture to transport, to energy—has been widely researched and discussed.…

Magda Lovei |