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May 31, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $50 million IDA credit to support the Government of Ghana in building strong foundation for high, inclusive and sustainable growth in agriculture, a key sector which supports the livelihoods of most people.
May 29, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help promote the commercialization of agriculture value chains in Rwanda.
May 25, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a credit of $70 million from the IDA to help rural communities in Côte d'Ivoire with increased access to digital services, which will eventually help improve farm productivity and access to markets.
May 25, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help increase access to digital services in rural communities and leverage digital platforms to improve farm productivity and access to markets.
May 24, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve student learning and progression in early grades in Burundi and, in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, provide immediate and effective response.
May 18, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will contribute to improved capacity of public institutions to: supervise the banking system; promote access to finance; manage public finances; and produce national statistics.
May 18, 2018 | Loans & Credits
Second Strengthening Growth and Fiscal Policy Development Policy Financing will help the government introduce growth-enabling reforms in the financial sector, business environment, and infrastructure; generate fiscal resources and...
May 18, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help provide poor communities and households with greater access to basic service infrastructure and social safety nets.
May 17, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $75 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to improve urban drainage, selected public services and climate resilience for the urban poor of Greater Antananarivo.
May 17, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will enhance urban living conditions and flood resilience in selected low-income neighborhoods of Greater Antananarivo and improve the Recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.
May 16, 2018 | Press Release
Dhaka, May 16, 2018 — The government of Bangladesh today signed a financing agreement with the World Bank to help microenterprises adopt cleaner technologies.
May 15, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today an International Development Association (IDA)* financing of $220 million to support the government of Benin in its efforts to provide universal access to water for rural communities.
May 15, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the operational performance of the Project Implementing Entity and improve the capacity of the Project Implementing Entity to dispatch variable renewable electricity.
May 15, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help increase access to water supply services and strengthen service delivery arrangements in selected rural areas in Benin.
May 08, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of $150 million in support of the Government of Mozambique’s Integrated Feeder Road Development Project that will enhance road access in the provinces of...
May 08, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will enhance road access in selected rural areas in support of livelihoods of local communities, and to provide immediate response to an eligible crisis or emergency as needed.
May 07, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will address systemic weaknesses within the animal and human health systems that hinder effective disease surveillance and response.
May 06, 2018 | Infographic
About 70 percent of the population lives and works in rural areas, mostly on farms, and 61 percent of all households derive income from agriculture.
May 05, 2018 | Publication
About 70 percent of the population lives and works in rural areas, mostly on farms, and 61 percent of all households derive income from agriculture.
May 04, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will strengthen the capacity of selected CEMAC regional financial institutions to implement their mandates in the areas of financial stability, inclusion, and integrity.
Jun 13, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the proportion 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...
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...