The World Bank is the largest provider of development assistance to Africa. Thirty-nine of the world’s poorest countries are found on the continent, and almost 50% of IDA funds are disbursed there. In the last five years, the Bank and its partners have increased their commitments to Africa to fight poverty, boost economic growth and lessen the impact of the economic, food and fuel crises.
More than 50% of African countries are classified as “fragile” due to political instability and social unrest.
In Mauritania, a school feeding program has helped lighten the food burden on rural households while emphasizing the importance of education.