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Sep 15, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $200 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to improve learning outcomes for over 1.2 million Kenyan students in public primary and secondary schools.
Sep 15, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve students’ learning in secondary education and transition from primary to secondary education in targeted areas.
Sep 14, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $600 million IDA grant to support the Government of Ethiopia’s vision of building a national safety net system to provide effective support in chronically food insecure rural areas, including providing cover during droughts.
Sep 14, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved the International Development Association (IDA)* additional financing of $700 million in support of Ethiopia’s continued efforts to improve equitable access to basic services and...
Sep 14, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve equitable access to basic services and strengthen accountability systems at the decentralized level.
Sep 14, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help support the Government of Ethiopia in improving the effectiveness and scalability of its rural safety net system.
Sep 08, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group has pledged $1.1 billion, or nearly CFAF 600 billion, over the next three years to help Chad implement its National Development Plan (NDP).
Sep 07, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve utilization and transparency in resource management in a selected service delivery ministries, departments and agencies.
Aug 29, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics and science in targeted primary and secondary schools and increase equitable access to secondary education.
Aug 28, 2017 | Press Release
New emergency grant to support health, water and sanitation services to boost treatment of cholera and prevent future outbreaks in Yemen.
Aug 28, 2017 | Feature Story
Savings Groups and Village Savings and Loan Association, supported by the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Project, are a means to increase employment and income for the rural poor.
Aug 23, 2017 | Feature Story
Farmers in a district in Kabul Province adopt improved horticultural practices to transform their orchards from traditional to modern ones.
Aug 22, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve urban management and access to infrastructure in selected urban areas, particularly for poor neighborhoods, and increase resilience to natural hazards and other eligible crisis.
Aug 22, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help create income generating opportunities for individuals and businesses and improve access to basic infrastructure in selected regions, targeting vulnerable populations and micro, small and medium enterprises in selected value chains.
Aug 12, 2017 | Feature Story
Bangladesh’s Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) aims to strengthen public and private training institutions to improve the quality of skills training and employability of trainees.
Aug 04, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help strengthen the national capacity for decentralization, the institutional capacities of communes in all regions and increase citizen participation in local governance.
Aug 04, 2017 | Press Release
Today, the World Bank approved a $60 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to Burkina Faso for the Local Government Support Project (Programme d’appui aux collectivités territoriales--PACT).
Jul 26, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* credit of $150 million to enable marginalized communities in Kenya to access modern energy services through off-grid solar.
Jul 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help establish and strengthen urban institutions to deliver improved infrastructure and services in participating counties in Kenya.
Jul 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase access to modern energy services in underserved counties of Kenya.
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 ...