With Madagascar’s health system under strain from the COVID-19 pandemic and schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, the health, education, and overall wellbeing of the Malagasy people are…

Peter Holland |

The key hygiene issues arise at the consumption stage and downstream, during collection and sorting of plastic waste before recycling.

Grzegorz Peszko |

The International Day of Forests this month is an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by forests in improving the livelihoods of 400 million Africans who depend on them for food, energy…

Africa Olojoba |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

On this rainy morning in January 2020, I am delighted to join my colleagues from the World Bank office in Madagascar—all of us wearing raincoats and carrying shovels, ready to plant 1,000 plants…

Erik Reed |

In Iraq and Lebanon women are taking an active role as mobilizers and opinion builders, and a third of Lebanon’s newly formed cabinet is women. This is a record high not just for Lebanon, but in…

Saroj Kumar Jha |

Conventional wisdom tells us that young people are fleeing agriculture to seek opportunities in urban centers.

Aparna Krishnamurthy, Niraj H. Shah, Hans Joehr |

Clear signs and directions are essential to public transport users. In many cities, however, transit signage remains inadequate or even nonexistent. What exactly does it take to design good…

Irene Portabales González, Remi Moreau |

The archetype of the strong African woman standing as an unmoving pillar of her community is one that transcends national borders on the African continent. While in the past, this image often…

Nayé Bathily |