For more than 50 years, the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, has taken on the most difficult and complex challenges. One of the largest sources of development finance, IDA provides support for health, education, infrastructure, agriculture, economic, and institutional development to the world’s poorest countries—half of which are in Africa.
With IDA’s help, hundreds of millions of people have escaped poverty—through the creation of jobs, access to clean water, schools, roads, nutrition, electricity, and more. During the past five years, IDA funding helped immunize 227 million children, provide access to better water sources for 64 million, and provide access to health services for 500 million people.
Learn more about what IDA has achieved—explore our core “ABCs” of IDA results, as well as ABCs on Africa, climate change, community approach to development, fragility, conflict and violence, gender, governance and institution building, human development, and jobs and economic transformation.