The current World Bank portfolio in Nicaragua includes 16 projects totaling around US$478.04 million. Some examples of results on the ground include:
Casas maternas, a grassroots initiative to improve maternal health in rural communities with help from a network of volunteers, provides key services to pregnant women in remote areas, such as pre-natal checkups, birth plans, and a post-natal follow up. IDA support has helped to boost the number of casas maternas from 12 in 2000 to over 80 in 2010, benefitting around 17,000 women in 2009.
IDA has also supported a land rights program benefitting 15 of Nicaragua’s 21 indigenous territories in the historically marginalized Atlantic regions. Over 104,000 people from 214 communities in five major ethnic groups have benefited, since 2005. Territory making up 17% of the national territory has been titled and registered.
IDA is supporting the Modulos Comunitarios de Adoquines which use cheaper, locally-made adoquines- blocks that allow faster, more labor-intensive, and more sustainable road works. Over 200km have been constructed, which has benefitted around 460,000 people and generated over 65,000 temporary jobs for community work. IDA also supported development of 40 microenterprises focused on routinely maintenance of 2,400 km or 88% of the road network.
Under an IDA project that piloted public-private partnerships for rural electrification, almost 7,000 remote rural households (or 42,000 beneficiaries) have been equipped with solar home systems, marketed and installed by local enterprises with the participation of local micro-finance institutions.
IDA is working to improve Nicaragua’s rural telecommunications services. The initiative has benefited some 500,000 people in 365 small communities, since the project contributes to bring internet connections, and more than 500 people have obtained their first public phone. Added to this, the project has financed 37 communications towers which benefit more than 60,000 people and will complete the high-speed coverage mainly in the Atlantic regions.
IDA is helping Nicaragua to bring water and sanitation to urban slums and remote rural communities. So far, over 30,000 households have been reached with these new services. But the programs are not just financing civil works and training local teams to operate them. IDA is helping Nicaragua to pilot social programs to teach the benefits of hand washing, water conservation, and sewerage treatment using a range of social learning techniques, including community theater.
To date, IDA’s water and sanitation projects have provided 40,000 more people with access to improved water sources in rural areas. 17,600 new piped connections in low income urban areas have been constructed. Also, 44,900 people were benefited with better sanitation services in rural areas.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014