News & Publications

Nov 17, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help reduce the cost of electricity supply at the utility level for Liberia and Sierra Leone and increase the amount of electricity traded among all the participating countries.
Nov 16, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help strengthen Madagascar’s fiscal framework by creating fiscal space to support priority expenditures, and improve the environment for investment.
Nov 16, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $45 million grant for the second Public Finance Sustainability and Investment Development Policy Financing (DPF) operation.
Nov 02, 2017 | Brief
Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project- Facts and Figures
Nov 01, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help strengthen the capacity and governance systems of key institutions to manage the mining and hydrocarbon sectors in Mozambique.
Oct 23, 2017 | Feature Story
Performance-based partnership agreements with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to provide health services to the public are proving effective in improving their coverage and quality, as demonstrated in Kandahar Province.
Oct 18, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help increase productivity and commercialization for targeted households in the Shire Valley and improve the management and utilization of the natural resources in a sustainable way.
Oct 18, 2017 | Press Release
Today, the World Bank has approved $166 million to transform Malawi’s agricultural productivity through irrigation, lay the foundations for commercialization, and improve management of natural resources in the Shire Valley.
Oct 17, 2017 | Feature Story
More than 145 local enterprises in Balkh Province have increased their production and income and created jobs for thousands of Afghans thanks to the Afghanistan New Market Development Project (ANMDP).
Oct 13, 2017 | Press Release
The West African Development Bank (BOAD), the WAEMU Commission, CRRH-UEMOA and the WB signed a $155m package to support the development of affordable housing finance in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
Oct 11, 2017 | Press Release
The Government of Bangladesh can tap into a new and innovative World Bank financing instrument, the special window for refugees of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest. gees
Oct 11, 2017 | Feature Story
Villagers in Kandahar region are prepared to contribute to development activities after seeing the direct benefits of a government development project.
Oct 08, 2017 | Publication
The World Bank made a presentation highlighting the actions needed to support domestic demand and to prioritize investment into the areas of high growth potential in Afghanistan at a side event of a Senior Officials’ Meeting on October 5, 2017, in Kabul.
Oct 05, 2017 | Speeches and Transcripts
WBG statement at SOM meeting in Kabul on 05 October 2017
Oct 05, 2017 | Press Release
A Modern and Efficient Financial Sector to Benefit all Sri Lankans
Oct 03, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve public investment management, domestic revenue mobilization and public accountability and monitoring mechanisms for better service delivery in priority sectors.
Oct 03, 2017 | Press Release
A $15 million grant has been approved to improve public investments management, domestic revenue mobilization, public accountability and monitoring mechanisms for better service delivery in priority sectors
Oct 02, 2017 | Feature Story
Women in some villages in Kabul and Parwan provinces are seeing significant changes to their lives through self-employment and participation in decision making in local development.
Sep 29, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help increase marketed output among project beneficiaries in Lesotho’s smallholder agriculture sector and improve the recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.
Sep 29, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the availability of and access to food and livestock productive capacity for targeted beneficiaries affected by the conflict in Central African Republic on the recipient territory.
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...
May 03, 2016 | Blog Post
Image from the 2016 Aid Transparency Index On April 13, 2016, Publish What You Fund (PWYF) launched the 2016 Aid Transparency Index (ATI), a broadly recognized measure of donors’ aid transparency. We were pleased to see that for the second consecutive year the World Bank (IDA) is in the top (“very good”) category— this year as number 6 on the list, with a score of 86. So, we are among the only 10 donors that, according to PWYF, have lived up to the Busan ...
Apr 29, 2016 | Blog Post
About this series More blog posts Small Island States are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change and natural disasters. In fact, 2/3 of the countries that have been most severely impacted by disasters are small island nations, which have lost between 1 and 9% of GDP annually due to weather extremes and other catastrophes. The severity and recurrence of disasters makes it hard for those countries to recover, and seriously undermines ongoing development...
Apr 27, 2016 | Blog Post
Bus lift for persons with disabilities that I saw when I first arrived in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Ride Metro Bus When I first visited the college town of Madison, Wisconsin (USA) in 2000, what first stood out wasn’t its beautiful university campus or its famous brat and beer combo. What caught my attention was a public bus which had the equipment to lift a wheelchair. “Beep, beep, beep,” a sound would signal as the bus would lower and extend a...
Apr 20, 2016 | Blog Post
Policymakers the world over are concerned about jobs. It is often the first thing they talk about when World Bank delegations meet them, and the last message they leave us with on our way back to Washington. So it should come as no surprise that jobs has been chosen as one of the central themes of the IDA-18 replenishment round. This kicked off in Paris in March and continued in earnest during the recent Spring Meetings.   A bit of background on IDA Replenishment, which can seem a rather...
Nov 18, 2015 | Blog Post
Just two weeks ago, the citizens of Sierra Leone celebrated the end of Ebola transmission in their country with cheering and dancing in the streets of Freetown. It’s a milestone worth celebrating in a country that has suffered nearly 4,000 deaths from the deadly virus. News like this from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is a reminder of how critical it is to remain vigilant against future outbreaks and continue supporting the countries as their...
Oct 08, 2014 | Blog Post
Inequality is of concern for at least three reasons. First, lower inequality per se is an objective for a decent society. Second, lower inequality improves the efficiency of economic growth in achieving poverty reduction. Third, high inequality impedes growth itself, through its impact on social cohesion and the investment climate. A simple framework for thinking about trends in inequality is to think of income as the result of three ingredients. The first ingredient is the ...
Feb 18, 2014 | Blog Post
When the negotiations for IDA17 were wrapped up in December, there was great relief that IDA deputies were supportive of an IDA expansion despite their own significant budget difficulties. As part of that package, the World Bank Group itself pledged to give IDA $3 billion from profits. This was a generous gesture by the World Bank (albeit a drop in the bucket of total aid), but how good was it for the global development effort? Consider the following—net disbursements of official ...
Oct 31, 2013 | Blog Post
These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week. 'Many vested interests benefit from a lack of open government' Public Leaders Network  “In the first of a series of interviews with speakers and attendees at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit 2013, we talk to Professor Jonathan Fox, of the school of international service, American University, Washington. He will moderate a session in which the founding eight OGP...
Jul 24, 2013 | Blog Post
If you saw how poor I was before, you would see that things are getting better.   When I hear stories like that of Jean Bosco Hakizimana, a Burundian farmer whose life was transformed by a cow, I get excited about the change we can all make. Jean Bosco’s income is improving, his kids are eating better, his wife has some nice clothes, and his manioc fields are yielding better harvests — all thanks to the milk and fertilizer from this one cow.   A similar story is...
Jul 12, 2013 | Blog Post
Mobile & Internet Usage   When I heard the news last autumn that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan had been shot simply for standing up for her right as a girl to get an education, I was horrified. It also reminded me how lucky I was. When I was offered a rare scholarship to study abroad, it wasn’t acceptable for me, as a young married Indonesian woman, to live apart from my husband. My mother laid out two options: Either he would ...