Students spend plenty of time dissecting and discussing development traps. Here is a glass-half full selection of positive development stories from 2019.
The rapid rise of mobile money and financial services in Africa
African nations make substantial progress in increasing renewable energy capacity
According to the 2019 HDR presentation there has also been notable (although uneven) progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Last year for example, 31 million people across the world had better access to the services they need to tackle poverty; 21 million people registered to vote; 27 million people were stronger in the face of climate change; and 256 million tons of carbon emissions were cut, the equivalent of taking over 50 million cars off the road for a year."
Many African start-ups enjoyed strong growth - FinTech is a fast-expanding sector
A round up of some of the World Bank Africa's most popular blog posts in 2019
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