Well before sunrise in the small village of Msangani, Tanzania, Tunu ali Matekenya begins work at five, baking fresh bread.  Formerly an agricultural laborer, Tunu’s life has improved thanks to…

Srilata Kammila |

In country after country in Sub-Saharan Africa, new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral deposits have been making headlines every other week it seems. When Ghana’s Jubilee oil field hits…

Makhtar Diop |

After months of preparation, the Sanitation Hackathon weekend is upon us.In dozens of countries around the world, IT and sanitation experts will join forces for an intensive brainstorming and…

Sanitation Hackathon Team |

All climate negotiations have been based on staying below 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures. Yet it looks increasingly unlikely that that will be possible. A new report, Turn Down the Heat:…

Julia Bucknall |

They both hold the potential to help meet the needs of the poor and end poverty. New ideas and innovative solutions are critical to address the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper…

Jose Luis Irigoyen |

We know that water and sanitation services do not always recover their costs from tariffs. So, if communities or governments are to maintain the infrastructure properly, they depend on the public…

Meike van Ginneken |

There is a minor buzz this week in Twitter and the development economics blogosphere about a paper (posted on the CSAE 2012 Conference website) that discusses a double blind experiment of…

Berk Özler |

Stevan Lee, Senior World Bank Economist,  is co-author of this post. Attracted by the prospects of large unexploited natural gas reserves in the south of Tanzania, big players are in town. The…

Jacques Morisset |

To get children to attend school in developing countries, our approach has been primarily to assume that the schooling that is available is worth pursuing, meaning that the problem must be with…

Berk Özler |