Basic costs rise steeply for those who can least afford it.
Ghana’s northern region would be more developed now had it received a fairer share of colonial investments.
Scapegoating immigrants will not result in significantly improved healthcare service provision, reduced crime or less unemployment.
Framing floods as ‘natural disasters’ deflects from the reality that vulnerability must exist before a crisis can emerge.
Food insecurity is often talked about as an issue of individual responsibility. But our research suggests most people struggling to put food on the table are not the agents of their own misfortune.
The 2024 presidential election is shaping up to give Senegalese a significant and competitive election, leaving voters in the driver’s seat.
Children who move schools often can struggle. But so too can those who stay put while others come and go. More attention needs to be paid to these often-forgotten victims of school transience.
After separation, mothers who experienced domestic violence on average suffered a drop in income of 34%, compared with a 20% decrease for mothers who didn’t experience domestic violence.
Skills training in Zimbabwe excludes students from poor backgrounds. The informal sector should be used as a training ground for them.
Energy-saving ‘hacks’ risk implying that households are to blame for rising prices by not doing enough to cut their energy use.
Indonesia has more than doubled its government-funded energy subsidies this year, to Rp 349.9 trillion (US$23.56 billion). But how else could that money be spent to help people who need it most?
Nigeria’s next president will be saddled with a near comatose economy. Here are four priorities that would make the difference.
A tax credit expansion played a big role in child poverty reduction. But the government’s failure to reach all eligible Americans meant many families never got that temporary benefit.
Subsidies to shield the general population from oil price increases do not automatically reduce poverty and inequality.
Children from poorer backgrounds do worse at every stage of the education system.
One 11-year old girl told us she knows once rent is paid, there is almost nothing left over. So she never takes school excursion notes home, in case the cost is too much.
Angola’s 2022 election is the first in which citizens born after the war are old enough to vote.
Are studies right that expanded access to off-grid solar products has driven economic development in Africa?
The country urgently needs more people who are committed to living decently to undo the systemic humiliation caused by political and economic institutions.
The country is still a very different political space. It’s a noisy democracy with a free media, lots of dissenting voices, and insulting the government doesn’t carry any overt sanction.