A look at before and after infrastructure reconstruction projects in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia. The Infrastructure Reconstruction Financing Facility (IRFF) focused on water supply, reservoir and drainage systems, roads and ports
Malaria is one of the most deadly diseases in Southern Sudan, especially among women and children. Victoria Michael (38) - a resident of Juba - used to bring her children to a local clinic for malaria treatment. She and her family now benefit from a malaria program supported by a trust fund administered by the World Bank, on behalf of the following development partners: Netherlands, Norway, European Union, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Egypt and Iceland.
For more information please visit the World Bank in Sudan website: http://go.worldbank.org/V87QB00NL1
The World Bank works with civil society organizations and private sector partners in Niger and Congo in an effort to contain the spread of HIV and AIDS within at-risk groups in these countries. These groups and organizations help reduce the stigma and social consequences of HIV, as well as advocate positive steps to accessing life saving treatments.
Benin's National Community Driven Development Project has trained people in more than 1,500 poor communities across the country, helping them make better use of local resources and generating income. This is the story of how Félicienne Soton and the women of the village Adjegounle were empowered to take their future into their own hands. The project was supported by IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest. (French Version)
Africa is changing quickly and on a number of fronts. In population trends, economic growth, democratization and technology to name just a few. With these changes come fresh needs and expectations, especially in areas like education that affect young people. So what's driving this change in Africa?
The International Finance Corporation has been working to improve the business environment in Haiti and attract investors since 2009. This ongoing work created a strong foundation for a quick response to the earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010
In Morocco, government assistance to vulnerable children has encouraged private contributions to help as well. The assistance is providing shelter and education to the country’s underprivileged youth who are finding their way out of difficulty through self help programs.
As African policymakers gather in Kampala in July 2010 to focus on maternal and child health as a high priority challenge, it’s important to look beyond Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole being largely off-track on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include targets for major reductions in mother and child deaths by 2015.
Using behavior change to tackle HIV/AIDS in the developing world is not easy. Yet, finding solutions is vital, since in Sub-Saharan Africa in certain regions the epidemic toll is huge. Women and girls are especially at great risk in Africa. Economists at the Word Bank's development reserach group are trying to change that. Two large randomized trials involving cash incentives are showing promise in reducing sexually transmitted infections in Malawi and Tanzania.
Lesotho is the "Kingdom in the Sky". Mountainous and ruggedly beautiful, it is a country with rich cultural and natural resources. Many of Lesotho's 1.8 million people have migrated to its cities. In 2009, Lesotho was hard hit be the economic downturn and annual growth fell from 4.4% to 1.4%. In the capital Maseru, rapid urbanization is closely linked to industrial expansion. Today, the textile industry is the second largest employer in Lesotho. More than 50% of Lesotho's water is consumed by industries and households in Maseru.
Communicable diseases are a major problem globally. Poor people are hit hardest by these diseases that know no boundaries. Their impact can be disastereouse on individuals, communities and overstretched health systems. Among many resources needed to effectively manage the spread of these diseases are dependable laboratories.