ISIS recruits better educated than average

2016-10-06 11:27

ISIS recruits are better educated than their average countryman, contrary to popular belief, according to a new World Bank study.

World Bank responds to Zim activist Dzamara's petition

2016-09-30 16:31

The World Bank country director for Zimbabwe, Guang Zhe Chen, has responded to a recent petition by Zimbabwean activist Patson Dzamara, calling on the financial institution not to resume support for the southern African country.

IMF prods Mozambique to allow audit of secret loan companies

2016-09-16 09:25

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has pressed Mozambique's president Filipe Nyusi to allow an independent international audit of companies involved in a loan scandal that forced an IMF and World Bank aid cutoff.

Free maternity insurance cover for poor Kenyan women

2016-07-22 16:16

Kenya is providing free maternity insurance cover for poor women, to help reduce infant mortality rates in the East African nation.

Dave Steward: Statistical bikinis – Who ‘really’ holds Africa’s crown? SA sliding

2016-05-28 07:00

Dave Steward says there’s a need to be sceptical about statistics, as they are more important for what’s concealed than what’s revealed.

Africa’s #1 challenge: corruption. But words sans deeds lets evil flourish.

2016-05-13 12:40

Fighting corruption in Africa needs exposure as well as concerted action and follow-through, says an analyst writing from the WEF's African regional meeting.

Brian Kantor: A Marie Antoinette moment – let them eat more expensive bread

2016-04-14 07:15

Investec chief economist and strategist Brian Kantor takes a look at increases in wheat prices, which is at the core of the country’s staple food.

Africa needs electricity to achieve growth - World Bank

2016-01-12 11:57

Sub-Saharan Africa needs to address its power supply crisis if it is to achieve 4.2% growth in 2016, according to a report by the World Bank.

Less poverty in Africa, but numbers remain high

2015-10-16 20:45

Poverty has slightly eased in sub-Saharan Africa, but the population boom means the numbers living in extreme conditions remain stubbornly high, a study shows.

World Bank cuts Kenya’s growth forecast

2015-10-15 10:00

Volatility on Kenya’s domestic foreign- exchange market and the monetary policy response to calm those fears will damage the economic output, says the World Bank.


Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of poverty

2016-10-05 10:18

Using well-adapted African cattle to improve the gene pool is more sustainable than quick fix crossbreeding or cow donations, writes Thumbi Mwangi.

Sudan needs swift reforms to revive ailing economy - World Bank

2016-09-26 06:00

Sudan must undertake swift structural reforms to revive its ailing sanctions-hit economy, including devaluing the Sudanese pound against the dollar, the World Bank says.

We're not about to fund Zim, says World Bank

2016-09-12 09:40

The World Bank has denied media reports that it is about to resume lending to cash-strapped Zimbabwe.

World Bank: Problems for SA, Nigeria

2016-06-09 18:42

Investment and capital inflows into sub-Saharan Africa will likely continue to slow down as European banks turn to Asia for lending activities, warns the World Bank.

World bank approves up to $5bn loan to Tunisia

2016-05-18 20:00

The World Bank has approved a five-year plan to lend Tunisia up to $5 billion to support economic reforms aimed at reviving growth and creating jobs.

Economic slump worries as IMF, World Bank pledge action

2016-04-17 20:00

World finance ministers have pledged to boost growth at IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings tainted by lingering worries about the dragging global economy crisis.

World Bank to invest $2.5 bn in education for girls

2016-04-14 06:24

US First Lady Michelle Obama has delivered a strong call for more education for women worldwide as the World Bank announced a new $2.5bn initiative to foster schooling for girls.

Lessons for SA? Ex-Georgian PM – rooting out corruption, growth in 5yrs

2015-11-05 07:15

Former prime minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri tells how government grew the country’s economy and increased per capita income fourfold in five years.

World Bank trims Kenya growth forecast for 2015, 2016

2015-10-15 12:32

The World Bank says it has trimmed Kenya’s growth forecast for this year and 2016, saying east Africa’s biggest economy is facing headwinds from currency volatility and tighter monetary policy.

World Bank concludes probe into Hitachi's Medupi contract

2015-10-13 21:16

No World Bank funds have been put at risk by the Hitachi contract for Eskom's Medupi project, the financial institution says.

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