El Salvador Overview
Currently, the World Bank lending portfolio in El Salvador comprises US$290 million in commitments and includes five projects focused primarily on serving vulnerable groups; enhance government efficiency, protect the environment and expanding opportunities for all. The World Bank also disbursed $50 million for the Disaster Risk Management Program for natural disasters.
In 2009 the World Bank Executive Board approved a Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) covering the period from 2010 to 2012 with a proposed $650 million lending program, technical assistance and analysis to support Government efforts to reduce poverty. After the 2011 Progress Report, the current CPS period was extended to this year.
The CPS focuses on the following aspects:
Strengthen fundamentals for economic recovery by addressing the macroeconomic and institutional vulnerabilities.
Improve the provision of social services for vulnerable groups.
Expand economic opportunities, particularly for the poor.
The current World Bank projects in El Salvador include:
This $50 million operation assists the Government’s Temporary Income Support Project (PATI), which provides temporary income support, training services and job placement for poor people in urban areas, improving opportunity access to the labor market.
With $80 million in financial support from the World Bank, this project aims to improve the administrative, financial and technical processes, systems and capacities of the 262 local governments to deliver basic services in the medium and long term, as well as improve the disaster risk management.
This $60 million project will assist public schools in 29 municipalities to adopt the Inclusive Full Time School model, in order to increase access, retention and graduation rates for secondary students. More than 41,000 secondary students in El Salvador will have access to better quality education.
The objective of this $20 million project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of government processes and agencies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of revenue and expenditure management, and enhance accountability and transparency in the public sector.
The objective of this $80 million project is to strengthen El Salvador’s Public Health Care System, increasing service coverage for the 92 poorest municipalities in the country and providing better access to quality health services for 2.1 million Salvadorans.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
Through the Income Support and Employability Project more than 30,000 people in situation of poverty or vulnerability received benefits in exchange for their participation in a community activity and training. The program has taken place in 25 municipalities and is expected to expand to other 8 in 2014.
The project Addressing Youth Violence through Cultural and Music Learning resulted in the creation of a symphonic orchestra and a youth chorus in the Comunidad Iberia, one of the most violent areas in San Salvador. So far more than 400 young people are participating in this initiative.
This project improved the quality and efficiency of private and public secondary schools in order to upgrade the quality of entrants to the labor market and to increase the country’s competitiveness in the global market. Secondary enrollment rose to 46.1% between 1998 and 2005, exceeding the planned target of 40%.
The Earthquake Emergency Recovery & Health Services Extension Project allowed the construction, rehabilitation and improved operations of six hospitals (Cojutepeque, San Rafael, San Vicente, San Miguel, Zacatecoluca and Usulutan). The project also improved the provision of health services for more than 636,000 people, especially in areas affected by earthquakes and in poor areas in the northern region.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014