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QII: Advancing Green, Resilient, Inclusive Development


In 2016, the World Bank and the government of Japan established the Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership to provide grant support for incorporating the QII Principles in World Bank infrastructure projects. It also raises awareness of the quality dimensions of infrastructure. 

Donor:  Ministry of Finance, Japan

Strategic Partners:

PROBLUE is a new Multi-Donor Trust Fund, housed at the World Bank, that supports the development of integrated, sustainable and healthy marine and coastal resources. With the Blue Economy Action Plan as its foundation, PROBLUE contributes to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14)  and is fully aligned with the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing the income and welfare of the poor in a sustainable way.

PROBLUE is part of the World Bank’s overall oceans program, which in 2018 amounted to around $4.1 billion with a further $1.5 billion in the pipeline.

PROBLUE Focuses on Four Key Areas:

  • The management of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Addressing threats posed to ocean health by marine pollution, including litter and plastics, from marine or land-based sources
  • The sustainable development of key oceanic sectors such as tourism, maritime transport and off-shore renewable energy
  • Building government capacity to manage marine resources, including nature-based infrastructure such as mangroves, in an integrated way to deliver more and long-lasting benefits to countries and communities

Cross-cutting issues such as poverty, livelihoods, gender, climate change and maximizing finance for development, are interwoven throughout the program.

Read Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about PROBLUE program. 

Fishermen in Mauritania. Photo Credit: Anre Hoel/ World Bank.