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May 31, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) today launched a two-day forum, bringing together public and private sector leaders from around the world to explore innovative approaches to radically increase private sector investment in Africa’s priority sectors.
May 30, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will restore and increase the access of the population of the Recipient's capital city of Bissau to safe water and improve the quality of water services, improve the reliability of electricity supply to the population of Bissau; and...
May 30, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will foster inclusive growth and support pro-poor decentralized transfers and social protection.
May 30, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will address the immediate needs of the drought affected people within the territory of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and support resilient recovery through the provision of livelihood...
May 30, 2017 | Press Release
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved a US$50 million emergency project - Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP, the Project) - to scale up the drought response and recovery effort in Somalia.
May 30, 2017 | Feature Story
The training is part of the plan under the Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project to encourage start-ups, innovation, and use of technology.
May 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will support the Government of Senegal’s capacity to drive negotiations toward final investments decisions and lay the foundations for the gas sector’s contributions to the economy through enhanced legal and regulatory frameworks and capacity building.
May 25, 2017 | Press Release
Reducing by half the average rush hour in-vehicle travel time by public transport from Guediawaye Prefecture to Petersen Bus Station in Dakar Plateau (18.3 kms) will be one the most important outcome of the EURO 280.9 million Dakar Bus Rapid Transit
May 25, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $81 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support Rwanda’s transport sector.
May 25, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will enhance urban mobility between Dakar and Guédiawaye through the development of a Bus Rapid Transit corridor.
May 25, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve the efficient and safe movement of goods and people along the regional corridor from the border crossing at Rusumo to the border crossing at Nemba and Rusizi together with upgrades to road asset management and road safety in Rwanda.
May 25, 2017 | Feature Story
On the three islands that make up the Comoros, governance reforms are starting to bear fruit and the management of officials and of public finances has been computerized.
May 23, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a new credit to support the Tanzanian Government’s efforts to provide quality education to millions of primary and secondary school children.
May 23, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase commercialization of agriculture value chain products selected under it.
May 23, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help improve education quality in Tanzanian primary and secondary schools.
May 23, 2017 | Press Release
Malawi has an opportunity to boost the quality and quantity of various agricultural products for domestic and export markets using a $95 million credit for the Agriculture Commercialization Project (AGCOM) approved today by the World Bank.
May 21, 2017 | Feature Story
Infant and maternal death rates are decreasing in Daykundi Province following the implementation of a government program to expand quality of basic health services and essential hospital services.
May 19, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve the utilization and quality of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health services in selected regions, and, in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to such an event.
May 19, 2017 | Press Release
In response to rising food insecurity in Yemen, the World Bank will finance cash transfers to 1.5 million of the poorest households (or about 8 million people), to ensure they have the means to purchase food.
May 16, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $28 million grant for the Central African Republic to help communities affected by forced displacement. The grant was provided by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries.
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 ...
Jul 11, 2013 | Blog Post
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 join me, which meant giving up his job, or I had to decline the...
Jun 28, 2013 | Blog Post
Imagine you are a leader of an African country and your entire government budget for the year is $1.2 billion. That same year, an investor sells 51 percent of their stake in a huge iron ore mine in your country for $2.5 billion — more than double your annual government budget. And imagine having ordered a review into mining licenses granted by previous regimes and knowing that the investor who made the $2.5 billion sale had been granted a mining license in your country for free. ...
Jun 06, 2013 | Blog Post
Globally, 165 million children under age 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition – also known as stunting, or low height for age. Much of this damage happens in pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. It means a child has failed to develop in full and it is essentially irreversible – which means that the child will have little hope of ever achieving her full potential.    The evidence tells us that malnutrition costs lives, perpetuates poverty, and slows economic growth....