In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

View of Bamyan city, Bamyan Province. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy​/ World Bank When people think of Afghanistan, what comes to their minds are images of decades of war and insecurity. True,…

Mohammad Tahir Zuhair |

Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank In 2001, only one million Afghan children attended school–none of them girls. [[tweetable]]Today, over 8.5 million students attend school–over 40% of…

Hartwig Schafer |

Français| Español  Students attending class at Kabul Medical University. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank As a women’s rights activist who has dedicated the past six years of her life to…

World Bank Afghanistan |

This Bangladeshi woman was born in poverty. With the right kind of education, life in poverty quickly became a story from the past for her. Credit: World Bank "I have a four-year-old son back…

Hartwig Schafer |

Photo: eLearning Africa Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-…

Sheila Jagannathan |

Primary school students are attending their class in northern Balkh Province. Photo credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank Today, the World Bank Group released the first Human Capital Index (HCI), a…

Shubham Chaudhuri |

A little girl in Balochistan, Pakistan, who now receives a quality education thanks to World Bank support. Credit: World Bank  [[tweetable]]Human capital – the potential of individuals – is going…

Hartwig Schafer |

Under the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project, diagnostic capacity has been strengthened through the construction of state of the art laboratories. © Miriam Schneidman / World…

Uzo Chukwuma |

Nathalie Lahire attends a class along with students in Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi Girls High School in Kabul. Photo Credit: World Bank [[tweetable]]Afghanistan offers diverse opportunities and challenges…

Nathalie Lahire |