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Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $35 million (about FCFA20 billion) International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support the country’s investments in the energy sector.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today $105 million equivalent in non-reimbursable grants for the Government of Mozambique’s Primary Health Care Strengthening Program‐for‐Results. Of this amount, $25 million equivalent is provided by the Global Finance Facility (GFF)...
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $51.9 million (about FCFA30 billion) International Development Association (IDA)* grant to boost Togo’s efforts to improve fiscal sustainability and promote economic growth.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
Half a million residents of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, are set to benefit from improved water services and safely managed sanitation through a $100 million project financed by the World Bank.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $200 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to support Ghana in strengthening its institutions, improving competitiveness for job creation, and maintaining social safety nets to protect the poor and vulnerable.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase solar electricity generation capacity and diversify electricity generation resources in Zambia.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will support the Government of Cameroon’s efforts to improve the fiscal sustainability and public sector management, the financial sustainability and efficiency of key infrastructure services to enhance competitiveness of the economy, and...
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will support Togo’s efforts to improve fiscal management, specifically related to tax revenue mobilization and public investment efficiency and the financial viability and service delivery in key infrastructure sectors (energy and ICT).
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help improve the operational performance of the power sector and increase access to electricity in Lomé.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will improve the utilization and quality of reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition services, particularly in underserved areas.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will support fiscal consolidation and private sector participation in non-extractives sectors.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help increase access to improved water services and safely managed sanitation services in Lilongwe City.
Dec 20, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This operation will help strengthen institutions for more predictable fiscal outcomes, improve competitiveness for job creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
Dec 20, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank Group today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* guarantee of up to $2.8 million that will support Zambia in increasing its solar photovoltaic electricity generation capacity and diversify the country’s primary energy sources.
Dec 19, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will assist Ethiopia in improving internal efficiency, equitable access and quality in general education.
Dec 19, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of $300 million to the Government of Ethiopia in support of its continued efforts to improve the provision of quality education nationwide.
Dec 18, 2017 | Feature Story
Côte d'Ivoire is seeing an increased focus on livelihoods, social protection and financial inclusion as a means to address poverty.
Dec 18, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the effectiveness of Rwanda’s social protection system, notably the flagship Vision 2020 Umurenge Program, for targeted vulnerable groups.
Dec 18, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $80 million IDA credit to help the Government of Rwanda improve the effectiveness of its social protection system, notably the flagship Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), for targeted vulnerable groups.
Dec 18, 2017 | Feature Story
Omar, Larissa, Rémis, winners of our journalism competition, take a critical look at the projects funded by the World Bank.
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 ...