— “In the Great Lakes area, gender-based and sexual violence has reached catastrophic levels. Any effort to bring peace to the area will have to deal with the causes and consequences of this violence” –Sri Mulyani Indrawati
— The World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) launched its third call for proposals, open to civil society organizations in the DRC. GPSA grants are intended to support projects that address critical governance issues and strengthen civil society’s capacities for social accountability.
— In Eastern DRC, a new US$52 million IDA grant will help rebuild the Goma International Airport, badly damaged by years of conflict and a volcanic eruption. A fully functioning airport will reconnect the people living in Eastern DRC to the rest of the country, stimulate private sector development, and enable trade to resume.
— The new report finds that Benin, DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo are among the 10 top improvers worldwide, having improved business regulation the most in the past year among the 189 economies covered.
The World Bank Group’s emergency response to the Ebola crisis is to help stop the spread of infections, improve public health systems throughout West Africa, and assist countries in coping with the economic impact.
IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.