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Regional Initiatives

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As the international community sharpens its focus on helping developing countries reduce poverty, many of the most severe challenges are found in Africa. The World Bank’s regional priorities coincide with the acceleration of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, and are consistent with those outlined by African heads of state in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Priorities include:
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Dealing with communicable diseases

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Capacity building

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The following initiatives support the World Bank's priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa:


The principal objective of the Study on Competitive Commercial Agriculture in Africa (CCAA) is to explore the feasibility of restoring international agricultural competitiveness and growth in Africa through the identification of key products, production systems, and marketing strategies that could underpin a rapid development of competitive commercial agriculture in three case study countries: Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia.

RuralStruc ProgramThe RuralStruc Program is a three-year cross-regional comparative study managed by the agriculture and rural development division of the Africa Region (AFTAR) and involving local research teams in seven countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Latin America. It focuses on structural transformation issues and aims at providing guidelines for the policy making.
TerrAfricaTerrAfrica is a partnership between sub-Saharan African countries, donor countries and agencies, civil society and the research community with the collective goal of scaling up harmonized support of effective and efficient country-driven sustainable land management approaches (SLM).
Regional Integration

Regional Integration - Most African countries have already recognized the benefits of regional integration and participate in at least one regional arrangement. While past performance has been mixed, there is renewed momentum for a more pragmatic approach to regional integration. More...

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Africa Capacity Development Operational Task Force: Capacity Development remains a binding constraint to development despite substantial donor support and concerted developing country efforts. Implementing successfully Poverty Reduction Strategy Programs and achieving the Millennium Development Goals underscores the need for stronger institutions in Africa.

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Knowledge Partnerships for Africa: A major area of focus and activity for this partnership is sharing knowledge and learning from clients and partners to improve the quality and impact of the World Bank's assistance. Read more...

Nile Basin Initiative: The Nile Basin Initiative, launched in February 1999, is a regional partnership in which countries of the Nile basin have united in common pursuit of the long-term development and management of Nile waters. Read more...

Chad Cameroon Pipeline Project: The objective of this project is to develop the oil fields in southern Chad and construct a pipeline to offshore oil-loading facilities on Cameroon's Atlantic coast. This unprecedented framework will transform oil wealth into direct benefits for the poor, the vulnerable and the environment. Read more...

Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program: This initiative is helping a growing number of African countries (28+) to provide increased access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups. Read more...
Strategic Partnership with Africa (SPA): SPA is an informal association of donors and African partners whose goal is to support poverty reduction in Africa by working to improve the quality and increase the quantity of assistance to Africa. Read more...


Regional Program on Enterprise Development (RPED): RPED is an ongoing research project aimed at generating business knowledge and policy advice useful to private sector manufacturing development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more...

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Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program: This international partnership facilitates transport sector policy development and related capacity-building. The objective is to lead to safe, reliable, and cost-effective transport which should free people to lift themselves out of poverty and help countries to compete internationally. Read more...


Roll Back Malaria: The Roll Back Malaria global initiative, made up of more than 90 partners, is a coordinated international approach to fighting malaria. This disease kills more than 1 million people each year, most of them children. The partnership's goal is to halve the burden of malaria by 2010. Read more...

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Global Partnership for Eliminating Riverblindness: This global partnership's mission is to wipe out riverblindness in the whole of Africa by 2010. Riverblindness, caused by the Onchocerca volvulus parasite, poses a serious public health problem and creates an obstacle to socio-economic development in Africa, where it is endemic in 30 countries. Read more...

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