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May 04, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve access to basic services and strengthen urban and municipal management of the targeted cities.
May 04, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will expand access to electricity in target areas, rehabilitate and expand distribution network segments under the management of the national power utility (SNEL).
May 04, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve incentives for private sector participation in agricultural markets and strengthen fiscal management through more effective expenditure controls and greater transparency.
May 04, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will provide food and nutrition support for the protection of lives and human capital of eligible beneficiaries and help farmers re-engage in agricultural production in selected drought-affected areas in South Sudan.
May 04, 2017 | Feature Story
Christine Monga transformed her living conditions thanks to new roads connecting her town of Buta to larger cities in the region. Her experience is shared by thousands of Congolese who now benefit from 2,400 kilometers of improved roads.
May 04, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an $80 million credit to the Malawi Government for general budget support. This is the first budget support financing approved by the World Bank for Malawi in four years.
May 04, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved a $ 200 million IDA credit under the IDA17 Scale-up Facility for Zambia to improve selected rural roads in six of Zambia’s ten provinces. Government will finance the remaining four provinces.
May 04, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $50 million grant from the IDA*CRW to provide unconditional direct food assistance to counter starvation and prevent hunger-related deaths during the on-going famine in South Sudan.
May 04, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today an IDA Grant of $118 million and an IDA Credit of $27 million for an Electricity Access and Services Expansion Project.
May 04, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today an additional IDA Credit of $90 million for the Urban Development Project.
May 02, 2017 | Feature Story
Ethiopia is no stranger to drought: since 2003, it has faced five. Each year, the drought is given a name. This year it is called “Sima”—the “great leveler” in the Somali language spoken in one of the regions affected.
May 02, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This Additional Financing will scale-up the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) to provide safety net support to households that are negatively affected by the continued drought in Ethiopia.
Apr 26, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a project to improve access to water and sanitation services for Kenya’s coastal and northeastern residents.
Apr 26, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a project that will support Kenya and the Horn of Africa to lessen the human and economic impacts of conflict and violence particularly among communities that host refugees.
Apr 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will create conditions necessary to increase private investment in tourism in the “Saly” area, and strengthen enterprise development in Senegal.
Apr 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve water supply and sanitation services in select coastal and northeastern regions in Kenya.
Apr 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This additional financing will support the Republic of Kenya’s efforts to establish an effective national safety net program for poor and vulnerable households.
Apr 26, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve access to basic social services, expand economic opportunities, and enhance environmental management for communities hosting refugees in the targeted areas in Kenya.
Apr 23, 2017 | Feature Story
Residents in Balkh Province are benefiting from improvements in the quality of healthcare provided in health facilities across the province.
Apr 17, 2017 | Feature Story
Access to clean drinking water has been restored in a village in Balkh Province as result of a maintenance cash grant scheme under the National Solidarity Program.
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....