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World Bank plans to invest over $5 Billion in Drylands in Africa

These efforts are in line with the Great Green Wall initiative

The World Bank plans to invest over $5 billion over the next five years to help restore degraded landscapes, improve agriculture productivity, and promote livelihoods across 11 African countries on a swathe of land stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. World Bank Group President David Malpass announced the investment at the…

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Coronavirus - Niger: To Better Address the COVID-19 Crisis, Niger Should Focus on Health Measures and on Protecting Jobs and Livelihoods

The economic slowdown has already reversed the decline in the poverty rate seen for several years in Niger, pushing close to 270,000 Nigeriens into poverty this year

According to the World Bank’s latest Economic and Poverty Update for Niger published today, the COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on the economy and could trigger a recession if the many downside risks to economic activity materialize. The economic slowdown has already reversed the decline in the poverty rate…

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Somalia Scales up Social Protection Measures as COVID-19 Constrains Economic Growth

The economy is projected to contract by 1.5 percent in 2020, down from earlier estimate of 3.2 percent before the pandemic

Somalia’s economic growth is forecast to contract significantly due to the negative impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the locust infestation and extreme flooding. The economy is projected to contract by 1.5 percent in 2020, down from earlier estimate of 3.2 percent before the pandemic. The latest World Bank Somalia Economic Update…

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National Hygiene Program Creates Jobs for Kenyans in Informal Settlements

The government offered a lifeline to more than 250,000 youth hurt by COVID-19 response measures

Through the National Hygiene Program, the government offered a lifeline to more than 250,000 youth hurt by COVID-19 response measures; the social protection program has transformed to provide sustainable work activities expected to last beyond life of the program; more than $92 million (Ksh10 billion) has been invested in the…

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Coronavirus: The Gambia to Strengthen Health Care Delivery in the Face of COVID-19

In the long term, it is expected that the project will help reduce maternal and child mortality, therefore contributing to improve The Gambia’s Human Capital Index

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a $30 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* to improve the quality and utilization of essential health services in The Gambia. The Essential Health Services Strengthening Project will provide performance-based financing grants to health facilities, scale up community engagement to…

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Woman Entrepreneur Tackling Mental Health Taboos Amid The Pandemic

PsychHealth has established Tilitonse, a community-empowerment initiative meaning “we are together,” to build awareness of mental health problems in poorer communities

COVID-related health care disruptions could reverse decades of improvement, with less than half of the global population covered by essential health services; With lockdowns worldwide, mental health and anxiety are increasing, together with the risk of violence, especially against women and girls; Kayumba Chiwele co-founded PsycHealth Zambia, the country’s first tele-psychological health…

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Coronavirus: Pandemic threatens Human Capital Gains of the Past Decade, New Report Says

The World Bank Group’s 2020 Human Capital Index includes health and education data for 174 countries – covering 98 percent of the world’s population – up to March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in health and education over the past decade, especially in the poorest countries, a new World Bank Group analysis finds. Investments in human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives—are key to unlocking a child’s potential and to improving economic…

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Government of Kenya has Partnered with the Private Sector and Development Partners to Outline its Roadmap towards Achieving Energy Efficiency Goals

Kenya has made significant progress in energy efficiency and conservation

The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Energy (MOE) today launched the Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (KNEECS or The Strategy) placing Kenya firmly on track toward sustainable consumption and production including renewable energy generation. The Strategy was developed in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Kenya Association…

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World Bank sets ambitious targets for Green and Resilent Economic Growth in Africa

Plan will be rolled out amid the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that climate action and green recovery will be key priorities as countries work to build back better

Today, the World Bank released the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan (NG-ACBP), which sets out a blueprint to help Sub-Saharan African economies achieve low carbon and climate-resilient outcomes. The Plan calls for countries to seize the opportunity to scale-up climate resilience to grow their economies and reduce poverty, redouble…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Bank appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

Appointment comes at a time when governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting both immediate and longer-term health and economic impacts of COVID-19 crisis

The World Bank has appointed Mr. Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13…