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Regional Integration

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  • Infrastructure

    Building a framework
    across national borders

    Regional integration is vital to creating the infrastructure that many poor countries are unable to build on their own: trade corridors, transport networks, energy development, water resources management, and telecommunications connectivity. Effective collaboration among countries can meet the critical gaps in basic access and service delivery that promote growth and development.

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    From 2000-2010, with IDA funding approximately 260,000 km roads and 10,700 bridges were constructed, rehabilitated or maintained, benefiting about 75 million people.
    • The Reality

      1 billion of the world’s poorest people are still without access to roads.

    • The Need

      $93 billion is needed each year in infrastructure investment in Africa to reduce poverty by half from 1990 levels

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  • Trade

    Helping poor countries
    trade up for growth

    International trade plays an important role in the fight against poverty. It creates the potential for higher economic growth and employment. IDA’s aid for trade financing nearly doubled from 2005 to 2008 in support of regional integration, export development and competitiveness, and trade facilitation. However, many low-income countries still face supply-side constraints that impede their integration into the global economy.

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    IDA's aid for trade financing, which supports 123 projects a year, rose to an average of $3.9 billion a year for 2007 and 2008. More than a third of this lending is in sub-Saharan Africa.


Improved Ways to Prevent the Desert Locus

Battling Desert Locusts

IDA-funded project reduces threat of desert locust in Africa’s Sahel region.

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IDA's Role: Regional Integration

Regional integration can help countries increase competitive global growth rates that, in turn, combat poverty and serve as engines of development. Since the start of the IDA Regional Pilot Program in 2003, the enabling environment for integration has improved significantly due to increased political support among countries and growing private-sector demand for regional trade.

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