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Mar 29, 2018 | Press Release
Today, the World Bank approved additional financing in the form of a $50 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to Burkina Faso for the Bagre Growth Pole Project.
Mar 29, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved $145 million to expand home ownership including women and the poor through access to affordable housing finance in Pakistan.
Mar 29, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved $560 million for two projects in Bangladesh to improve reliable power supply and help micro enterprises become environmentally sustainable.
Mar 28, 2018 | Feature Story
A health center in Kandahar Province is seeing an increase in female patients and institutional birth delivery as a result of community campaigns to raise public awareness and increase trust in health care services.
Mar 28, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help increase access to early childhood development and basic education, and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Mar 28, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will support the necessary requisites and subsequent implementation of systematic nationwide land registration in Côte d’Ivoire.
Mar 28, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved a $50 million credit from the International Development Association* to help the Government of Côte d’Ivoire build the capacity and institutions needed to support the implementation of a national rural land tenure security program.
Mar 28, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank Group and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) approved today a grant totaling $35 million to support school-aged children’s access to early childhood development (ECD), basic education, and Majalis (Koranic centers).
Mar 28, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank approved on March 16th, a $20 million IDA grant to Mauritania to enhance the country’s capacity to negotiate investment agreements for developing the Great Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA), a large gas resource straddling Mauritania and Senegal.
Mar 28, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The Modernizing Afghan State Owned Banks Project that aims to strengthen corporate governance and enhance operational efficiency of state owned banks.
Mar 28, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The Afghanistan Digital CASA 1 Project to increase access to affordable internet, attract private investors to the sector, and improve the Government’s capacity to deliver digital government services.
Mar 28, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The Afghanistan Sehatmandi (Health) Project aims to increase the utilization and quality of health, nutrition, and family planning services across Afghanistan.
Mar 19, 2018 | Feature Story
Thanks to its teachers’ hard work and community support, the Abdul Hai Habibi High School has become one of the finest government schools in Afghanistan’s Khost Province.
Mar 16, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank approved a $27.8 million project for the Economic and Environmental Rehabilitation of the Niger River (PREEFN), consisting of $13.9 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit and a $13.9 million IDA grant.
Mar 16, 2018 | Speeches and Transcripts
Arunma Oteh keynotes investor event on IDA financing.
Mar 16, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help demonstrate the effectiveness of navigation and port service improvement measures, and demonstrate the feasibility of environmental restoration and livelihood improvement activities at targeted sites in the Niger Inner Delta, and, in...
Mar 16, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will support the government capacity to drive negotiation towards final investment decision, and lay the foundations for the gas sector’s contribution to the economy through enhanced legal and regulatory frameworks and capacity building.
Mar 16, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The project will help improve the technical and commercial performance of Electricité de Guinée.
Mar 14, 2018 | Press Release
The World Bank today approved $600 million of the International Development Association (IDA)* financing to help strengthen the capacity and performance of local urban governments, expand sustainable urban infrastructure and services, as well as...
Mar 14, 2018 | Loans & Credits
The program will help enhance the institutional performance of participating urban local governments to develop and sustain urban infrastructure, services, and local economic development.
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...