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Jan 17, 2018 | Loans & Credits
This grant will help enhance SODECA’s (Société des Eaux de Centrafrique) and ENERCA’s (Energie Centrafricaine) operational performance and to increase access to improved water supply and electricity in Bangui and selected towns.
Jan 17, 2018 | Speeches and Transcripts
I am delighted to join the Bangladesh Development Forum here today that showcases the country’s progress and shares this knowledge.
Jan 16, 2018 | Feature Story
After running for 13 years, the NSP has been succeeded by the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project which aims to strengthen the Community Development Councils (CDCs) set up under the program and improve the delivery of core infrastructure and services.
Jan 10, 2018 | Feature Story
A school in Khost city is seeing an increase in student enrollment, especially among girls, with the construction of a new school building.
Jan 02, 2018 | Feature Story
The road improvements were carried out by the Afghanistan Rural Access Project, which aims to benefit rural communities across Afghanistan by improving access to basic services and facilities through all-weather roads.
Dec 25, 2017 | Feature Story
The provision of quality health services together with public health campaigns have succeeded in raising awareness and improving the health of residents in a district in Khost Province.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $35 million (about FCFA20 billion) International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support the country’s investments in the energy sector.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today $105 million equivalent in non-reimbursable grants for the Government of Mozambique’s Primary Health Care Strengthening Program‐for‐Results. Of this amount, $25 million equivalent is provided by the Global Finance Facility (GFF)...
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $51.9 million (about FCFA30 billion) International Development Association (IDA)* grant to boost Togo’s efforts to improve fiscal sustainability and promote economic growth.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
Half a million residents of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, are set to benefit from improved water services and safely managed sanitation through a $100 million project financed by the World Bank.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $200 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support Ghana in strengthening its institutions, improving competitiveness for job creation, and maintaining social safety nets to protect the poor and vulnerable.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase solar electricity generation capacity and diversify electricity generation resources in Zambia.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will support the Government of Cameroon’s efforts to improve the fiscal sustainability and public sector management, the financial sustainability and efficiency of key infrastructure services to enhance competitiveness of the economy, and...
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will support Togo’s efforts to improve fiscal management, specifically related to tax revenue mobilization and public investment efficiency and the financial viability and service delivery in key infrastructure sectors (energy and ICT).
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help improve the operational performance of the power sector and increase access to electricity in Lomé.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will improve the utilization and quality of reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition services, particularly in underserved areas.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will support fiscal consolidation and private sector participation in non-extractives sectors.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase access to improved water services and safely managed sanitation services in Lilongwe City.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will help strengthen institutions for more predictable fiscal outcomes, improve competitiveness for job creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* guarantee of up to $2.8 million that will support Zambia in increasing its solar photovoltaic electricity generation capacity and diversify the country’s primary energy sources.
Oct 17, 2017 | Blog Post
Today is “End Poverty Day.” This is an important marker in the fight to end extreme poverty by 2030—a time for us to renew our collective commitment to do more and better to end poverty, and reflect on what the global community has accomplished together.   Since 1960, the International Development Association, IDA, has stood at the frontlines of our work in the poorest countries. IDA investments help spur greater stability and progress around the world by ...
Aug 14, 2017 | Blog Post
These days, it’s rare to open a newspaper (or scroll through a blog) without reading about a disaster striking somewhere in the world. Often, these disasters affect the very same countries that we support in our projects every day at the World Bank, and we watch helplessly as decades of development progress are erased within minutes, hours, or days. Disasters cause substantial losses in every country the World Bank operates in. It is truly not a question of if, but when, the next disaster...
Jul 20, 2017 | Blog Post
Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the right of women to decide when to have them. It matters to women, but it matters to society as a whole. There can be no sustainable development without women’s empowerment, and there can be no women’s empowerment without access to comprehensive maternal and reproductive health...
Apr 14, 2017 | Blog Post
The recent UN declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan, the world's first famine since 2011, raised global alarm that at least 100,000 people are at immediate risk of starvation. Adding to the troubling news, the U.N. estimates that about 20 million people are at a "tipping point," as famine stalks not only South Sudan, but Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Crises like these, affecting some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations, require the urgent attention of ...
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...