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Feb 19, 2017 | Press Release
The government of Bangladesh and the World Bank today launched a cash benefits program for 600,000 of the country’s poorest mothers and pregnant women
Feb 18, 2017 | Feature Story
The World Bank is supporting the Government of Bangladesh with a $ 300 million Credit for the Income Support Program for the Poorest (ISPP) Project.
Feb 14, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will enhance the credibility, transparency, and accountability in the management and use of central government and selected subnational governments’ finances.
Feb 06, 2017 | Brief
The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Initiative (HDPI) is a joint effort by the United Nations and the World Bank Group to work together in new ways across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.
Feb 05, 2017 | Feature Story
The government of Punjab has digitized the province’s rural land records in an effort to improve service delivery and make the records less dispersed. The LRMIS has been rolled out in all 36 districts of Punjab through 143 Arazi Record Centers.
Jan 26, 2017 | Feature Story
How Can Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Improve Their Legitimacy With Their People?
Jan 18, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will promote better governance in the public sector, through public administration’s adoption of a digital platform and shared services to improve data exchange between agencies and to provide timely information and e-Services to citizens, local...
Jan 17, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project development objective is to provide short-term employment and access to selected basic services to the most vulnerable in Yemen.
Jan 17, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project objective is to contribute to the provision of basic health and essential nutrition services for the benefit of the population of the Republic of Yemen.
Jan 17, 2017 | Feature Story
The World Bank has managed to leverage its longstanding partnership with two Yemeni institutions to support the most vulnerable despite the conflict, and now expanding its programs to reach the entire country.
Jan 17, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group announced today two new grants for Yemen totaling US$450 million to provide emergency support for the most vulnerable segment of the population in all of the country’s 22 governorates.
Jan 16, 2017 | Feature Story
World Bank Country Manager for Yemen, Sandra Bloemenkamp discusses new Bank efforts to support the people of Yemen during the ongoing crisis.
Jan 16, 2017 | Feature Story
The World Bank Group’s assistance to Afghanistan for 2017-2020 will support the government’s strategic vision and goal to reduce poverty.
Jan 13, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will provide support to the Government of Mozambique in its emergency response to the 2015-2016 drought, caused by the El Niño phenomenon.
Jan 12, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project aims to improve the efficiency and safety of transport services on the Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) – Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) - road transport corridor.
Jan 10, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an IDA grant of $2.5 million to support the national statistical system of Comoros.
Jan 10, 2017 | Feature Story
Southern Africa has been hit by its worst drought in 35 years. The World Bank is providing additional financing to a number of countries to provide fast disbursements of cash transfers to the affected population.
Jan 09, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The objective of the project is to improve health and nutrition outcomes among women and children in the least served Regions of the country.
Jan 09, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will strengthen the capacity of the National Statistical Office, National Institute of Statistics, Economic, and Demographic Studies (INSEED) to improve the production and dissemination of statistics.
Jan 09, 2017 | Feature Story
The government recently signed a grant agreement for $5 million from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries
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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