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Mar 29, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will strengthen the capacity of the National Statistics Institute (INSTAT) to produce quality statistics and to enhance its statistical dissemination practices.
Mar 28, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve the management of selected fisheries at regional, national and community levels and increase access by targeted fishers to alternative livelihood activities.
Mar 28, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today discussed and endorsed the 2017-2021 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Cameroon. This CPF represents a five-year joint strategy of the World Bank Group comprising IBRD, IDA, IFC, and MIGA.
Mar 27, 2017 | Feature Story
Mirman Khajo Secondary School is one of many tangible benefits of grants provided under the Education Quality Improvement Program, which aims to increase access to quality basic education across Afghanistan.
Mar 24, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve the business environment for firms, strengthen select government institutions, and further diversify the economy.
Mar 24, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will contribute to increasing the geographical reach of broadband networks and reducing costs of communication services in the territory of Guinea-Bissau and between Guinea-Bissau and Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) countries.
Mar 23, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will increase access to improved irrigation services and agricultural inputs, and strengthen the integrated management of natural resources in the Selected Landscapes by the local actors and, to provide immediate and effective response to...
Mar 23, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $200 million credit to further support the Government of Nigeria in its efforts to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers in participating states.
Mar 23, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the Participating States.
Mar 22, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today an additional credit of $75 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the Agriculture Rehabilitation and Recovery Support Project.
Mar 22, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will increase agricultural productivity and improve marketing of crops, and animal products in targeted areas of the Recipient’s territory.
Mar 21, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $15 million grant to help the government provide access to income generating opportunities to targeted poor and vulnerable youth in Togo.
Mar 21, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will provide access to income generating opportunities to targeted poor and vulnerable youth in Togo.
Mar 21, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $29 million grant to help Togo pursue the implementation of its National Grassroots Development Policy which was adopted in 2012 with the objective of providing communities with a minimum of socio-economic basic services...
Mar 21, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will provide poor communities and households with greater access to basic socio-economic infrastructure and social safety nets.
Mar 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board today approved a $200 million credit to support the Government of Nigeria’s response to the acute humanitarian and forced-displacement crisis triggered by the Boko Haram conflict in North East Nigeria.
Mar 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will support the Government of Nigeria towards rehabilitating and improving critical service delivery infrastructure, improve the livelihood opportunities of conflict and displacement-affected communities, and strengthen social cohesion...
Mar 20, 2017 | Press Release
Today World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced that Tanzania will be able to access up to $2.4 billion in concessional financing over the next three years, an increase of half a billion dollars over previous allocations.
Mar 19, 2017 | Press Release
Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a record $57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years.
Mar 17, 2017 | Feature Story
A joint mission comprising the World Bank, the UNHCR, and the UN visited Chad to identify future interventions aimed at providing assistance not only to refugees, but also their host communities.
Dec 22, 2016 | Blog Post
Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the data reveals some of the challenges we face but also the progress we’ve made toward a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Here are 12 charts that help tell the stories of the year. 1.The number of refugees in the world increased. [[tweetable]]At the start of 2016, 65 million...
Dec 09, 2016 | Blog Post
Story of IDA: It’s Possible to End Poverty I recently watched a remarkable work of art take shape. A mural depicting the story of the IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, brings to life the many transformative changes the world has seen since IDA’s founding in 1960. The “green revolution” staved off widespread famine in South Asia in the 1970s. The Montreal Protocol protected the world’s ozone layer. Haiti rebuilt its homes...
Oct 28, 2016 | Blog Post
Doing Business 2017 finds that 137 economies worldwide implemented 283 business regulatory reforms last year. This represents an increase of more than 20% over the previous year. Areas of reform include starting a business, paying taxes, getting credit and registering property. Notably, 54 IDA countries implemented 113 reforms.
Oct 28, 2016 | Blog Post
Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’s most vulnerable countries in IDA, the World Bank’s Fund for the 77 poorest countries. IDA is the single largest source of funds for basic social services for these governments and every three years, members representing IDA’s 173 donor and borrowing ...
Sep 15, 2016 | Blog Post
"Forcibly Displaced" - a new report out today, offers a new perspective on the global crisis and how humanitarian and development actors can work together to support the individuals affected. The report draws on sources including the UNHCR's Global Trends 2015 which shows that 9 in 10 of the world's refugees originate from 20 countries, and 9 in 10 are hosted by about 40 countries.
Sep 12, 2016 | Blog Post
A professor teaching cell biology and biochemistry at a university in Africa. (Stephan Gladieu / World Bank) Happy UN Day for South –South Cooperation!   Investment in skills is vital to economic growth and competitiveness and poverty reduction. I believe that there is no better way to do that than to educate young graduates with expertise in high-demand areas to help grow African economies, create jobs, and support research. I recently had the...
Aug 19, 2016 | Blog Post
Since 1990, primary school completion rates in countries supported by the International Development Association (IDA) have risen by over 50%. The gap between girls and boys completion remains, but it’s fallen by 70% since 1990 and is now smaller than ever.  
Aug 15, 2016 | Blog Post
Young girl in an evacuation center, 2009. Philippines. Photo: Jerome Ascano / World Bank Since natural disasters can strike anywhere and anytime, making far-sighted preparations is much more effective than scrambling to respond to a crisis. I recognized this after Hurricane Mitch ravaged Honduras and my grandmother had to be evacuated because the local river swelled to the second floor of her home.   As climate change intensifies extreme weather events...
Aug 11, 2016 | Blog Post
Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[tweetable]]agriculture and changes in land use already contribute 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.[[/tweetable]] It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two unrelenting challenges now facing the globe –how to turn the promises of last...
Aug 09, 2016 | Blog Post
Is it hot outside? Should I bring an umbrella?   Most of us don’t think much beyond these questions when we check the weather report on a typical day. But weather information plays a much more critical role than providing intel on whether to take an umbrella or use sunscreen. It can help manage the effects of climate change, prevent economic losses and save lives when extreme weather hits.  During the second IDA18 replenishment meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, I visited the...
Aug 01, 2016 | Blog Post
Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for more than 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions globally, but only 12% of emissions are currently covered by explicit carbon prices. The High Level Panel on Carbon Pricing has called on the international community to double this figure to 25% by 2020 and increase it again to 50% within a decade. Read more. 
Jul 28, 2016 | Blog Post
About this series More blog posts Poverty and isolation create a host of development challenges for Myanmar's rural communities, from poor road connections to lack of clean water and unreliable electricity.   Since 2013, the Myanmar National Community-Driven Development Project (NCDDP) has helped improve access to basic infrastructure and services with support from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank's fund for the poorest. The ...
Jun 23, 2016 | Blog Post
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize winner, told representatives from governments rich and poor at a meeting this week in Myanmar that reducing poverty and ensuring that everyone benefits from economic growth calls for a deep focus on addressing the challenges of fragility and conflict, climate change, gender equality, job creation, and good governance.   Suu Kyi was speaking at the opening session of a meeting of the International Development Association (IDA),...
Jun 23, 2016 | Blog Post
This week, more than fifty donor governments and representatives of borrowing member countries are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss how the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) can continue to help the world’s poorest countries. IDA financing helps the world’s 77 poorest countries address big development issues. With IDA’s help, hundreds of millions of people have escaped poverty. This has been done through the creation of jobs, access to clean water,...
Jun 20, 2016 | Blog Post
The International Development Association (IDA) is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world's poorest countries. Over the past 25 years, IDA countries have seen progress on many fronts. These include greater access to clean water and sanitation, improvements in school completion rates, higher rates of childhood vaccination and higher rates of mobile phone use.
Jun 13, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series, I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key...
Jun 06, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key...
May 23, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key areas that are ...
May 18, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key...
May 12, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key...

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