One objective of fiscal policy is to stabilize a country’s macroeconomic environment. Countercyclical fiscal measures intend to offset the effects of the economic cycle on a country’s economy. For…

Jose Luis Diaz Sanchez, Joana Monteiro da Mota |

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a chronically fragile country. Endowed with impressive natural and mineral resources, the country is potentially rich, yet trapped in a regionally, and…

Wilfried A. Kouame, Han Fraeters |

The Local Connectivity Emergency Project (LCEP), funded by a $4.9 million grant from the State and Peacebuilding Fund, allowed the reopening of a 333 kilometer (207 miles) stretch of road between…

Shruti Vijayakumar, Marc Navelet, Andrew Losos, Aguiratou Savadogo-Tinto |

A new World Bank Group paper on conflict-induced internal displacement outlines several recommendations for the institution to further step up its support to internally displaced populations and…

Stefan Emblad, Xavier Devictor, Caroline Bahnson |

Although rates of infection have not been as high as in other regions, the economic consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa have been severe due to the…

Pierella Paci |

Earlier this year we launched Inclusion Matters in Africa in Nairobi in collaboration with the Kenya National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). We could not have hoped for a more informed and…

Simeon Ehui, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Maitreyi Bordia Das, Sabina Anne Espinoza |

Conflict and instability have hampered the Central African Republic's economic growth, but there is hope. The Central African Republic, the second poorest country in the world, is struggling…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Wilfried A. Kouame |

Last October, I participated in End Poverty Day (EPD)  from the Zambia Country Office, where I had the opportunity to exchange with a host of young brilliant minds from Zambia and around the…

Hafez Ghanem |

“Sometimes we have to go to extremes in our effort to end poverty and that includes traveling to places where security is nearly non-existent, and risks are high”, says Shruti Vijayakumar,…

Shruti Vijayakumar |

Last month, I attended the International Family Planning Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where policymakers from across the world gathered to strategize about ways to achieve a demographic dividend—…

Annette Dixon |