Across the Sahel, young women are key contributors to the socio-economic development of their communities and countries.

Eleonora Cavagnero, Rohini P. Pande, Judith F. Helzner |

At Morapeli High School in Lesotho, the atmosphere was buoyant as young adults in smart uniforms welcomed me and my team with song and dance. I explained that our visit, and a major part of our…

Victoria Kwakwa |

In 2005, Burundi embarked on an extraordinary mission to change its schooling system to ensure that all children, especially girls, had access to quality education. This small East African nation…

Maroua Sallami, Thérèse Rukingama Niyonzima |

How the Government, World Bank, and United Nations are Working Together to Deliver and Strengthen the State in Somalia

Chris Oberlack, Miguel de Corral |

Sub-Saharan Africa is more urbanized than commonly realized. Most of Sub-Saharan Africa’s urban dwellers live in dense cities rather than towns.

Mark Roberts, Pierre-Philippe Combes, Clément Gorin, Shohei Nakamura, Benjamin Stewart |

According to the recent World Bank Gender Disparities and Poverty: A Background Paper for the Togo Poverty and Gender Assessment 2022 , in many dimensions of gender equality, Togo performs better…

Miriam Muller, Jozefien Van Damme |

Recent analytical work from the Sahel region suggests that, after controlling for socioeconomic status, children living in households cooking primarily with solid fuels are almost three times more…

Laurent Durix, Anne Hilger, Nakawala Lufumpa, Odyssia Ng, Sarah Patella |

Africa’s urban population growth is increasingly driven by natural population growth, not rural-urban migration, especially in towns and outside East Africa. This could change how mayors perceive…

Luc Christiaensen, Nancy Lozano Gracia |

A group of 30 students from Ngola Kanini Public Secondary School visited our World Bank office in Luanda this week. The students, ages 14-15 years, had the opportunity to interact with our…

Juan Carlos Alvarez |

Despite waning growth, many Nigerians are working—but working alone is not proving enough to lift them out of poverty because more and better jobs are needed. How are those jobs created, then?

Jonathan Lain, Utz Pape |