Turning Africa’s digital divide into digital dividends

Many African countries lag behind their neighbors in internet access, limiting their access to a number of economic and social benefits.

Global development demands a data revolution that will make change happen, not just track it

To accommodate a growing number of largely poor urban dwellers, we need to use data in ways that will make change happen.

Six ways to enable women’s economic empowerment

Could including more women in the labor force stimulate economic growth, enhance business competitiveness, and improve well-being?

Will the cities of the future work for everyone?

By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities.

Building the evidence base to support low-income housing policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

In 2009, the world’s urban population surpassed its rural population for the first time. But we still don't know much about the housing needs of this population.

How can we better serve urban refugees?

The world is in the midst of a historic refugee crisis. In 2015, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced—19.5 million of them international refugees living outside their home countries.

Olympics remind us of the importance of local governance

As the world’s great athletes and brave tourists descend on Rio for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil’s political troubles and urban infrastructure are also in the spotlight.

In Tanzania, can more service provider accountability improve service delivery?

Tanzania's lack of accountability in the public-health and education sectors has serious repercussions for local communities. What does it take to make accountability the norm rather than the exception?

What keeps cities in Asia and Africa from effective public service delivery?

Despite the well-documented economic potential of cities, most national public policy systems do not give local governments much scope to improve service delivery.

Three top priorities for the White House Summit on Global Development

The event is an opportunity to demonstrate global leadership in an increasingly isolationist moment.