Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.
Angola's Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.
Nobel laureate and Kwame Nkrumah's economic adviser Arthur Lewis saw Ghana as a testing ground for his ideas on economic development. But he was met with fierce resistance.
How does an institution like the World Bank come to put a price tag on a virus like Zika or any other health calamity?
Some hard-to-hear facts are not included in the World Bank's new discussion note on poverty and inequality in South Africa.
The reality of Rwanda is that there is no viable alternative to President Paul Kagame, within or outside his ruling RPF. Political rivals have died, are jailed, or have fled the country.
Recent studies show that development aid to poor countries contributes in the long term to their economic growth. But the aid architecture has adapted slowly to a new reality.
The history of middle incomes countries shows China's "miracle growth" probably won't continue.
The European obsession with labeling people either economic migrants or refugees hampers understanding of the problems they face. Adding the role remittances play to the debate would help.
Thomas Piketty's visit reminds us of the need to reconsider South African inequality-fibbery. His inequality critique is vital, but only if it can withstand the neoliberal embrace.
Science and technology is seen as a key driver of a nation's economic fortunes. How is the African continent faring a decade after the first major global survey on countries' performance?
Cancer Council Victoria is contesting British American Tobacco's request for survey data about teenagers' smoking habits. Here's the story of a UK research group who faced a similar request.
For decades, higher education in developing countries has not been a priority for international aid donors. That is now changing.
Western powers signing on for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could more effectively shape China's view of the world.
The Bank has come under fire for its investment in Bridge Academies, which runs a network of schools in East Africa.
The UN's ambitious education program must be extended to the most marginalised and disadvantaged.
Australia has cut aid to Indonesia by 40%. That may cause diplomatic displeasure, but the country has restructured its development programs in recent years to be less dependent on foreign money.
The expected departure of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria's finance minister will leave Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa without a significant voice in the IMF and World Bank.
Asia needs trillions of dollars in coming years to finance roads, sanitation plants and other key infrastructure. The IMF and World Bank can't do it alone.
The creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is a blow against US influence in global financial markets.