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Featured Climate Sectors

  • Water

    1 in 7 people
    lacks access to clean water

    Even though two-thirds of the earth is covered with water, only one percent is drinkable. Every day, more than one billion people struggle to find water—water that will likely make them sick.

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    From 2000-2010, IDA provided more than 113 million people with access to an improved water source by constructing or rehabilitating almost 500,000 improved community water points, and more than 1.5 million piped household water connections.
    • The Reality

      Every 20 seconds one child under the age of five dies from water-related disease

    • The Need

      $55 a person the average cost of expanding water supply access

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  • Energy

    1.5 billion people
    without access to electricity

    Without access to energy services, the poor are deprived of the most basic economic opportunities needed to improve their standards of living. About 2.5 billion use solid fuels—wood, charcoal and dung—for cooking and heating. Every year fumes and smoke from open cooking fires kill approximately 1.6 million people mostly women and children, from respiratory diseases.

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    In 2010 alone, IDA financed energy projects totaling $1.36 billion.

Inside IDA

The International Development Association (IDA) is the World Bank's fund for the poorest.


Bank to improve the resilience of Kiribati to impacts of climate change

Pushing Against the Tide

Climate change adaptation measures are vital to build resilience for Kiribati’s future.

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IDA's Role: Climate

Climate change presents an urgent challenge to the well-being of people in all countries. IDA helps the poorest nations adapt by building their resilience to disasters, and promoting sustainable development to minimize their vulnerability.

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