Cashing In on the Digital Revolution

Njuguna Ndung’u, Armando Morales, and Lydia Ndirangu

Members of the Mada Saving Club in Tsafe, Nigeria, checking their cell phones.

Digitization makes finance accessible, lowers costs, and creates opportunity

The mobile banking revolution in Kenya: Professor Njuguna Ndung’u

Inching toward Integration

Carlos Lopes

A new index allows African countries to see how their regional integration efforts stack up

Lopes on index

Building a monetary union

In the Driver’s Seat

Christine Dieterich, Dalia Hakura, and Monique Newiak

Age and Inflations

Gender equality can boost growth in sub-Saharan Africa

Women, work, and the economy

After Ebola

Amanda Glassman

African countries have made some progress in improving health systems, but holes remain

Charting Ebola's course

Impediment to Growth

Amadou Sy

Africa’s inadequate infrastructure limits the continent’s economic progress, but funding roads, ports, and power projects is difficult

Public investment pays

The state of infrastructure in Africa

A Fork in the Road

Wenjie Chen and Roger Nord

China’s new growth strategy could hurt Africa’s commodity-dependent economies

Africa suffers as China growth slows

China's Relationship with Africa

Also in This Issue

Neoliberalism: Oversold?

Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri

Instead of delivering growth, some neoliberal policies have increased inequality, in turn jeopardizing durable expansion

The Internet of Trust

Andreas Adriano and Hunter Monroe

Created to bypass banks, bitcoin’s blockchain technology may end up helping them

Bitcoin explained

Guilt by Association

Atish Rex Ghosh and Mahvash Saeed Qureshi

Prejudices sway the debate on using capital controls to tame the risks of fickle inflows

Rajan on capital flows

Stagnation Risk

Huidan Lin

Ongoing economic problems make the euro area vulnerable to prolonged slow growth

From the Editor

Africa Pausing

Strong performance by many African economies over the past two decades led some commentators to coin the term “Africa Rising” to describe the region’s surging economic power.

Currency Notes

The Future Is Plastic


Ping Wang

For countries concerned about the environmental impact of their currency, a switch to polymer notes makes sense

England's plastic currency

Canadian polymer notes