Here are a few examples of projects we support to help nations become more inclusive:
• In Mexico, 6.8 million students received a better education when the country’s Quality Schools program grew from 21,000 to 39,000 students in poor communities between 2006 and 2009.
• In 2010, amid lingering poverty and inequality in Colombia’s growing economy, the World Bank supported the government in its efforts to implement a range of structural reforms, including improvements to its health insurance system, a more streamlined public pension scheme, and preferential access to social services for poor families. Some 1.25 million extremely poor families from almost all municipalities received family counseling and preferential access to social services in the first year of the Juntos strategy – up from up from 900,000 in 2009.
• A flagship government education program in India, the largest of its kind in the world, has managed to bring to school more than 17 million children who had previously been left outside the educational system. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program boosted the enrollment of children who come from poor families, from marginalized and tribal groups; and children with special needs.
• In Liberia, with the support of the Adolescent Girls Initiative, 1,131 girls received business, job, and life skills training in the first round of the program. About 95 percent of the beneficiaries completed the training, and 85 percent of those trained have been placed in jobs or are self-employed. The second round of training started in July 2011 with 1,300 adolescent girls and young women.
• In Guatemala, 900,000 families benefitted from a conditional cash transfer program in 2010. Of those who participated, 100 percent are sending their children to school and attending required health check-ups.