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Mar 12, 2017 | Press Release
Bhutan, World Bank Sign $24 Million Loan to Improve Growth Quality
Mar 10, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will provide temporary income support to extremely poor households and to put in place the building blocks of a social safety net system.
Mar 10, 2017 | Press Release
Today, the World Bank approved a $200 million loan to provide more than 950,000 people with access to piped water services over seven years.
Mar 08, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve transport mobility, accessibility, safety, and quality of transport service delivery along the selected corridors in Dar es Salaam.
Mar 07, 2017 | Press Release
Today the World Bank approved $47 million in support of the Government of Mozambique’s Forest Investment Project.
Mar 07, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will improve the practices and enabling environment for forest and land management in targeted landscapes.
Mar 03, 2017 | Feature Story
One day is not enough to honor the exceptional women that contribute each day to Africa’s development, so we have dedicated an entire week to telling their stories.
Mar 02, 2017 | Press Release
World Bank Approves Third Development Policy Credit to Strengthen Nepal’s Financial Sector
Mar 01, 2017 | Feature Story
In Afghanistan, Raising the Quality of Girls’ Education for A Better Future
Mar 01, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will strengthen national and regional cross‐sectoral capacity for collaborative disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness in West Africa.
Feb 28, 2017 | Press Release
Residents of eight rapidly urbanizing cities in Tanzania will benefit from funding to scale up infrastructure investments and promote growth, the World Bank Group announced today.
Feb 28, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will help improve the quality of and access to basic urban services in participating Local Government Authorities.
Feb 28, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The program will increase and intensify the productivity of the Rwandan agricultural and livestock sectors and expand the development of value chains.
Feb 28, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the quality, reliability and accountability of the country’s public financial management and public investment management systems and; support structural reforms in key sectors as well in establishing the policy and regulator...
Feb 28, 2017 | Loans & Credits
The project will support the socio-economic reinsertion of demobilized ex-combatants within local communities.
Feb 28, 2017 | Feature Story
Two universities are removing barriers to tertiary education by offering affordable online and distance learning options.
Feb 28, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $15 million IDA grant for the Mali Reinsertion of Ex-combatants Project. The Project will target an estimate of 4,000 demobilized ex-combatants in six regions of Mali: Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal, Ménaka, Taoudeni, and Mopti...
Feb 28, 2017 | Press Release
The World Bank approved today a $50 million IDA grant for Niger. “This grant supports reforms in public investment and public finance management, and the operationalization of the regulatory frameworks necessary for well-functioning public irrigation and...
Feb 24, 2017 | Loans & Credits
This project will increase the use of quality Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health services, and, in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, will provide immediate and effective response to said Eligible Crisis or Emergency.
Feb 23, 2017 | Feature Story
Villages in remote areas in Daykundi Province are enjoying access to better health care under a government project that aims to broaden the reach of quality health care to the population, particularly for poorer sections.
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....
Nov 28, 2012 | Blog Post
Read this post in Français, EspañolPhoto: IDA16 Mid-Term Review, right to left, President Alassane Ouattara, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Republic of Liberia, and Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President of the World Bank, Concessional Finance & Global Partnerships. Credit: Two weeks ago, a consortium of donor and borrower countries met to take stock of progress on meeting commitments made by IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest...