As of March 2017, the Bank approved $5.9 billion for the region for 83 IBRD/IDA projects this fiscal year 17/18, including $1.2 billion in IBRD loans and $4.7 billion in IDA commitments, of which $975 million was from the IDA Scale-up Facility. Key focus areas included raising agricultural productivity, increasing access to affordable and reliable energy, building resilience to climate change, strengthening fragile and conflict-afflicted states, and promoting good quality education. The Bank also made important contributions to knowledge this fiscal year.
A few highlights of our development results:
Improving infrastructure to facilitate transport and trade
The Democratic Republic of Congo Pro-Routes Project has financed the rehabilitation of over 1,674 kilometers of priority roads, helping to reconnect towns and communities that were isolated for over 20 years. The project has significantly reduced travel time, decreased transport costs, and stimulated economic recovery. Farmers have been able to return to the field, convinced that their products can now reach consumers and markets with the reopening and maintenance of these roads.
Developing technologies to prevent and mitigate climate-related disasters
The Community Mapping for Flood Resilience and Development Project in Tanzania piloted the use of drones to produce digital maps. These maps are used to assess the flood-prone areas of Dar es Salaam, mitigate the impact of flooding, and identify upgrades to informal settlements. Drones are also being used for land tenure mapping which is leading to the issuance of digitized land titles for small land holders. Tanzania completed a digital map of the entire island of Zanzibar, breaking a record for the largest area in the world mapped entirely with drones.
Boosting agricultural productivity
Agriculture accounts for 65% of employment in Africa. At a time when some countries are facing challenges from the decline in commodity prices, developing this sector can help to diversify economies. To improve the lives of 2 million of the estimated 50 million pastoralists in the region, the $248 million Regional Sahel Pastoralism Support Project aims specifically to improve access to essential productive assets, services, and markets in six countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal—and to improve the local response to pastoral crises and emergencies. Most of the beneficiaries of the six-year project will be women and youth.
Fostering women’s and youth’s economic empowerment
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP) in Ethiopia provides access to finance and business development services to women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia’s ‘missing middle’. Over 14,000 women entrepreneurs have registered for the program, and the WEDP model is multiplying. Donors and local financial institutions are using their own funds to roll out WEDP further and sustainably. In the Central African Republic, the LONDO Project, an innovative cash-for-work project, is providing short-term employment to 35,000 workers. These temporary jobs aim to reduce the vulnerability and contribute to stability in this post-conflict country.
Supporting and expanding private sector investment in power
The International Finance Corporation or IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has financed 268.5MW of installed capacity over five projects in 8 years in Senegal, which are providing 40-50% of baseload power in the country. IFC has helped Kenya reach a million residential customers in generation and 18 million in distribution. In Côte d’Ivoire, expanded projects are delivering clean and reliable power to an estimated 5.75 million residential customers and in Nigeria, IFC has mobilized investment across the energy value chain in support of government reforms.
Adapting to climate change and building climate resilience
The World Bank Board has approved 11 projects supporting climate-smart agriculture in Africa, totaling $1.4 billion of IDA, improving 725,000 hectares of land and the livelihoods of more than 1.6 million farmers. For example, in Niger, a new project will directly benefit around 500,000 farmers and agro-pastoralists in 44 communes thanks to the use of drought-tolerant seeds, irrigation, agroforestry, and conservation agriculture techniques, the reclamation of degraded land, promotion of livestock and other value chains, and improving smallholders’ access to markets.
Partnering with the United Nations to forward regional initiatives in the Great Lakes, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa
The Bank is addressing the pressing issue of displacement in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa with two operations to help countries manage ongoing crises through support for forcibly displaced people and their host communities. These cross-border efforts address the underlying causes of fragility.
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2017