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IDA Impact in Africa

Enhancing Access to Services and Opportunities for Refugees and Hosts in Niger

Between 2019 and 2023, 1.12 million refugees, IDPs, and their host communities gained improved access to public services and economic opportunities thanks to the Niger Refugees and Host Communities Support Project (PARCA).

Turning Pages, Transforming Lives: Cameroon’s Textbook Revolution

A decade-long engagement between the Government of Cameroon and the World Bank has improved textbook availability and affordability for over 4 million children nationwide.

IDA and Tanzania: A Focus on People, Cities, and Public Institutions for a Better Future

Tanzania reached an important milestone in July 2020 when it formally graduated from low-income to lower-middle-income country (LMIC) status.

Restoring Dignity and Livelihoods in Madagascar’s Grand Sud

The World Bank targets the persistent poverty in Madagascar's Grand Sud region, leveraging local determination to overcome famine and underdevelopment.

Small Farmers Take on Food Insecurity in West and Central Africa

Together with countries, development and African partners, the World Bank is stepping up its support for building a resilient agriculture that creates jobs and promotes sustainable development.

Mortgage loans provide access to affordable housing in West Africa

The WAEMU space is facing a deficit of decent housing of roughly 3.5 million units. An additional 250,000 houses would have to be built each year to address the combined impact of rapid urbanization and population growth.

The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank Group that helps the world’s 75 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. It is one of the largest sources of development assistance for these countries.

IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing zero to low-interest loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions. More than half of IDA countries receive all, or half, of their IDA resources on grant terms, which carry no repayments at all.

IDA resources are replenished every three years from donor governments, the World Bank Group, and market sources.  The current cycle is the twentieth (IDA20) since IDA’s establishment in 1960. The theme for IDA20 is Building Back Better from the Crisis: Toward a Green, Resilient and Inclusive Future. IDA20 covers the period July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025. On December 6-8, 2023, IDA donor and borrower representatives will gather in Zanzibar, Tanzania, for a Mid-Term Review of IDA20, which will assess midway delivery of the IDA20 policy and financial commitments.

The results stories featured on this website illustrate how the World Bank leverages its global knowledge solutions, financing, and platform role to help African countries break the cycle of poverty. The stories showcase IDA’s impact on families, national economies, and development across the region.

Victoria Kwakwa
 “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other crises, innovations in IDA facilitated surge financing that balanced short-term urgent needs with longer-term priorities. With IDA20, we are making more efforts to scale up successes in support of a Rising Africa.”
Victoria Kwakwa, Regional Vice President, Eastern and Southern Africa


 “From climate shocks to political instability and growing debt, Africa faces enormous challenges – but also has tremendous potential. As the largest source of concessional finance for the world’s poorest countries, IDA puts people first and is playing a critical role in unlocking human capital while scaling up interventions to transform Africa.”
– Ousmane Diagana, Regional Vice President, Western and Central Africa

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World Bank in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa, with over a billion residents, where 50% will be under 25 by 2050, boasts vast human and natural resources that could drive growth and eradicate poverty, fostering better health and wealth.

IDA at Work

IDA — the World Bank’s fund for the poorest — is one of the world’s largest sources of funds, providing support for health and education, infrastructure and agriculture, and economic and institutional development.

Africa’s Pulse

Africa’s Pulse is the World Bank's bi-annual publication. It analyzes the short term economic prospects for the continent and current development challenges, as well as a special development topic.

IDA20 Mid-Term Review

IDA donor and borrower representatives will meet in Zanzibar, Tanzania, between December 6 and 8, 2023, to review the progress to date on IDA20's policy and financial commitments and to evaluate IDA’s response to overlapping crises.