Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth picked up moderately in 2014, to 4.5%, compared with 4.2% in 2013. Regional GDP growth is projected to remain broadly unchanged at 4.6% in 2015. Despite headwinds, growth is projected to pick up to 5.1% by 2017, lifted by infrastructure investment, increased agriculture production, and buoyant services.
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March 12, 2015 — South Africa’s mine workers have the highest rate of tuberculosis of any working population in the world. Hear from the workers and from experts fighting this health emergency.Read More »
March 24, 2015 — “With every previous outbreak—SARS, Avian flu and others—the global community has committed to building better systems that would be capable of stopping the next epidemic. The political will to do so lasts a few months, but then we forget.” – World Bank President Jim Yong KimRead More »
March 12, 2015 — African leaders, including Senegal’s President Macky Sall and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, met last week in Dakar to discuss how to transform the continent’s higher education system. Read More »
March 10, 2015 — An innovative approach to financing health services in Cameroon is helping the government improve the quality and availability of care and at the same time strengthening the overall health system. Read More »
New data shows the quality and quantity of research in Sub Saharan Africa improving, but a gap in the critical areas of Science, Technology Engineering and Math research, which could hurt the region’s chances of economic growth.Read More »
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.