The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved the Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project on March 20, 2015. The project involves a total of $242 million, of which $187 million is provided by the IDA, and $55 million by the Government of Pakistan. The stated goal of the project is to ‘improve irrigation water management at tertiary and field levels in Sindh.’ This is to be achieved through the following four components:
1) Community Water Infrastructure Improvement ($120 million);
2) Promotion and Installation of High Efficiency Irrigation Systems ($66 million);
3) Improved Agriculture Practices ($24 million); and
4) Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Strategic Studies ($32 million).
On March 24, the World Bank Board of Directors approved the Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Improvement Project. As reported before, the project involves a total of $354 million, of which the borrower brings in $106 million, and the IBRD puts in $248 million. The goal of the project is ‘to improve water and sanitation service levels, reduce open defecation, and strengthen service delivery arrangements in targeted villages in Punjab’.
We started the NL4WorldBank blog about 6 months ago, with the first blog post being published on the 22nd of August 2014. Since then we have covered a wide range of topics focusing on the World Bank Group: from the ongoing reorganization to a description of the various World Bank Group pillars like the IFC and the MIGA, as well as eConsultant2 tenders to early-stage flagging of pipeline projects.
Six months after our first post, we have now published over 100 blog posts. Therefore, we believe it is time for a recap of some of the information and figures we have presented over time. Without further ado, here is ‘Did you know – 1’ (yes, more to follow):
… the Netherlands is represented by Mr. Frank Heemskerk in the World Bank Group Board of Directors? Mr. Heemskerk not only represent the Netherlands, but also 12 other members of our constituency.
… the IBRD gets its capital on the market? Just like the IFC, the IBRD raises money on the financial market and lends it to borrowing countries at a slightly higher interest rate. As the IBRD has had a AAA credit rating since 1959, it is considered more creditworthy than the borrowing countries. For example (not real numbers): country X has a poor rating and can borrow at 7% interest rate. However, the IBRD borrows money at only 2%. As the IBRD is willing to borrow money to country X at 2.3%, country X can make important investments in its economy without paying a huge interest rate.
… the IFC and IBRD both make a profit? This is then transferred to IDA, the fund for the poorest countries. This fund is periodically replenished by its donors, of which the Netherlands is one.
… that World Bank financed projects are tendered via local organizations, usually the local (regional) government or an independent project authority. Although World Bank guidelines on procurement must be met when a project is (partially) financed by the World Bank, the local organization is responsible.
… the World Bank is near the end of a process of reorganization, resulting in new thematic Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas?
… the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) are slowly phased out and replaced by the Country Partnership Framework (CPF), based on a Systematic Country Diagnostics?
Just a quick grasp of information for you to keep in mind when you read about the World Bank and especially when you want to do business with the World Bank Group!
Blog by Axel van Trotsenburg , Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region World Bank. This blog was published on March 13th, 2015 on the World Bank website.
Every time I learn of another natural disaster – the people killed and injured, homes destroyed, livelihoods lost – I know we must act to reduce the tragic impact instead of waiting for the next disaster strikes.
We have that chance with this year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, which seeks to finalize the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA2) that guides policymakers and international stakeholders in managing disaster risk. The conference is an opportunity to set new milestones in disaster risk reduction and fighting poverty.