The Bank has been supporting Djibouti for 33 years in various sectors.
Education: The recently closed Primary Education Support Project supported the country’s second Education Action Plan by increasing equitable access to primary schools and providing the necessary equipment, materials and textbooks for children to learn. These interventions resulted in an increase in student enrollment, especially among girls. The number of beneficiaries in the sites selected more than doubled between 2010 and 2013, to 2,950 students. The ratio of girls to boys increased from 0.55 to 0.88 Training was given to 120 school directors on the use of a pilot tool for monitoring the quality of school management. There was support for the production of textbooks, with the Ministry of Education printing a total of 50,000 basic education textbooks between 2010 and 2012, increasing the percentage of students who have access to textbooks to 96 percent.
Health: In terms of maternal and child health, the recently-closed IDA-funded health project contributed to a reduction in the Maternal Mortality Ratio from 546 to 383 deaths per 100,000 live births from 2002 to 2012. The under-five Mortality Rate was also reduced from 124 to 68 deaths per 1,000 live births between 2002 and 2012. Medically-assisted deliveries reached 87% in 2012, compared to 40% in 2002, and the proportion of children vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus before 12 months increased from 45 percent in 2002 to 93% in 2012. HIV/AIDS prevalence among young pregnant women (15 to 24 years old) decreased to 1.4% in 2010, compared to 2.9% in 2002. In addition, the total number of paramedics enrolled in the High Institute of Health Sciences increased to 1,098 students in 2012 compared to 515 students in 2008.
Social Protection: The World Bank is supporting Djibouti to build a productive social safety net (SSN) system. An innovative SSN project providing short-term employment in community-based labor-intensive work and supporting the improvement of nutritional practices among pregnant/lactating mothers and pre-school children was the center piece of the government’s SSN strategy. The project, funded by an ongoing grant and scaled-up with funds from the IDA Crisis Response Window, has reached over 4,500 women and children who participated in the nutrition program and provided about 125,000 person-days of short term employment opportunities. At project level, an integrated Management Information System covering the nutrition, as well as the workfare component has been developed to ensure efficient implementation of the social safety nets project in Djibouti. At the national level, the project is supporting the development of a social registry that will be used by multiple programs and stakeholders, creating a database containing socio-economic/demographic characteristics of the population to target resources to the most needed; the social registry will spearhead and eventually feed into a national ID system.
Urban: With engagement since 1984, the World Bank has a long history supporting urban development in Djibouti. An ongoing Djibouti Urban Poverty Reduction Project is innovative in its dual approach: infrastructure investment combined with social activities and institutional support. This resulted in improved access to basic infrastructure and community services via the construction of four major roads; creation of 15,000 person-days of short term employment opportunities; increased capacity building of selected institutions through the establishment of a financial and stock management system; and the funding of the City master plan.
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014