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BRIEFJune 13, 2023

30 Years of World Bank Group—Republic of Croatia Partnership

The partnership between Croatia and the World Bank Group began in 1993, shortly after the country’s independence. During this impressive development journey, we have worked together on post-conflict reconstruction and social and economic revitalization, economic stability, Croatia’s preparation for the European Union membership, and resilience to respond to economic shocks and disasters.

The focus has been on infrastructure reconstruction, strengthening institutions, improving the provision of public services to citizens, safeguarding the environment, and better protection of the vulnerable members of society, in line with the needs of Croatia’s development priorities and aspirations

During the three decades the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation have supported over 100 projects worth US$ 6.5 billion. The World Bank also provided knowledge and technical assistance to help strengthen institutions and support policymaking through more than 330 reports and studies.

Highlights of the Partnership

Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Social and Economic Revitalization: As the war on Croatian territory came to a close, the World Bank responded quickly and supported removal of landmines, allowing for the emergency reconstruction of bridges, roads and railway lines, the restoration of irrigation and flood protection systems in Eastern Slavonia, the revitalization of agricultural production, and the redevelopment of tourism in war affected areas, as well as for the safe return of displaced people to their land.

To support revitalization the Bank provided funding for over 400 community infrastructure and economic revitalization projects, also in war affected areas. This included construction of kindergartens, schools and community centers, repairs to water supply systems, and provision of grants to small and medium enterprises, artisans, businesses and cooperatives. Reconstruction efforts also included building 130 kilometers of new roads and repairing about 1,600 kilometers of damaged roads.

With the completion of the reconstruction efforts of Eastern Croatia, the World Bank continued to support central and local authorities in helping this region catch up with the rest of the country. The analytical work provided assisted the government in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of EU funding for the region with the aim of unlocking its growth potential.

Croatia 30 Years
Emergency Transport and Mine Clearing Project helped clear landmines in the areas of high economic priority for reconstruction.