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Welcome! The World Bank In Madagascar

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Welcome! The World Bank In Madagascar
Haleh Bridi, Directeur-pays pour Madagascar

On behalf of all the Madagascar Country Office team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.

Our institution has been present in Madagascar since 1963 and has supported a number of programs in a wide range of areas, such as education, health, transport, energy and environment. However, since March 17, 2009, the World Bank’s operations in Madagascar have been subject to the Bank’s Operational Policy 7.30 on Dealing with de facto Governments, which is designed to deal with situations where a government comes into power by means that are not provided for in the country’s constitution.

Following the initial suspension, exceptional disbursements were gradually resumed from the existing portfolio of projects to (i) alleviate the plight of the most vulnerable people (ii) deal with the most pressing fiduciary, social and environmental, safeguards and reputational risks, and (iii) maintain the integrity of human and physical infrastructure of projects. In addition in June 2011, the Board agreed to an exceptional additional financing to support the third Environmental Program due to its global public good nature, and the substantial risks associated to social safeguards linked to the end of the current funding. Despite these measures, Madagascar remains under OP7.30 and the World Bank does not intend to resume normal relations with the Government at this point.

An Interim Strategy Note (ISN) is now effective since February 2012, and covers the period until June 2013. The ISN capitalizes on lessons learned from the World Development Report 2011, whose theme was "Conflict, Security and Development", and recommends on the one hand great attention to preventing fragility, and on the other the need to remain engaged even in situations of political instability and poor governance. In line with the entire international community, the World Bank faces the dilemma of preventing Madagascar from falling into fragility, while working in the context of an unrecognized government. The ISN therefore attempts to balance the importance of supporting international mediation efforts towards a solution for the crisis, while keeping in mind the cost of inaction on the poor, in an environment of degraded public services and poor governance.  We invite you to read the ISN on this website and learn more about the approach that the Bank is adopting to reach the most vulnerable populations in this difficult political context.

We have remained actively engaged during these three years on the analytical front, in particular through the publication of the policy notes collection titled “Towards an Agenda of Economic Recovery”, which has served as a forum for policy dialogue with a large segment of development actors and as a platform for donor harmonization.  We invite you to read these policy notes and we encourage debates on the key development challenges that they address.

We hope that Madagascar and its people will soon find a way to end the current crisis, which is undermining the country’s development efforts, so that Madagascar can reverse the trend of rising poverty and weakening public services, and so that the Bank will be in a position to fully resume its assistance for the country’s long-term economic development.

Haleh BridiWorld Bank Country Director for Madagascar

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