DR Congo – Quality and Relevance of Secondary and Tertiary Education Project

The World Bank Board of Directors has recently approved the Quality and Relevance of Secondary and Tertiary Education Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project, worth a total of $200 million, is partly financed by an IDA grant ($70m) and partly by an IDA loan ($130m).

The focus is on Secondary education (40%), Tertiary education (25%) and Vocational training (35%).

The project’s objectives are to: (i) improve the teaching and learning of mathematics
and science in general secondary education, and (ii) enhance the relevance of TVET in priority sectors at secondary and tertiary education levels.

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Haiti – Sustainable Rural and Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project

Haiti has been provided with an IDA Grant by the World Bank Board of Directors. This grant, worth a total of $50 million, was awarded in March for the Sustainable Rural and Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project.

The proposed objectives of the Project are to: (i) increase access to improved water supply and sanitation in targeted rural areas and small towns in zones affected by cholera; (ii) strengthen the Recipient’s water and sanitation service delivery mechanism at the deconcentrated level; and (iii) improve the Recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Emergency.

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Zambia – Lusaka Sanitation Project

The Lusaka Sanitation Project for the Republic of Zambia was approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank. This project, which will increase access to sanitation services in selected areas of Lusaka and strengthen the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company’s (LWSC) capacity to manage sanitation services, involves a total of $68.5 million, of which $65 million is provided by the World Bank.

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Senegal – Stormwater Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project (AF)

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved additional financing for the Senegal Stormwater Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project. The additional financing amounts to a total of $38 million, of which $35 million is provided by the World Bank.

The proposed project will improve stormwater drainage and flood prevention in peri-urban Dakar for the benefit of local residents. The specific goal of the additional financing is to improve flood prevention management in peri-urban areas of Dakar and to promote city sustainability management practices, including climate resilience, in two selected urban areas.
This is to be achieved through the following components:

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India Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project

On August 6, the World Bank Board of Directors will be discussing the India Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project. This project is worth a total of $375 million, of which $250 million is provided by the World Bank, and $125 by the borrowing country.

The project development objective is to enhance resilience to floods and increase agricultural production and productivity in the targeted districts in the Kosi River Basin, and to improve the Government of Bihar’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.
This is to be achieved through the following components:

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Tunisia Road Transport Corridors – Update

On June 29 we reported about the Tunisia Road Transport Corridors. This project, worth a total of $231 million, has now been approved by the World Bank Board of Directors.

The Project Development Objectives are (i) to reduce transportation cost and time and improve road safety on select road corridors between lagging regions in Tunisia and more developed areas and (ii) strengthen the Ministry of Equipment’s capacity in road asset management.
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World Bank to spend up to $2.1 billion to rebuild Nigeria’s northeast

Article published by Reuters on July 21, 2015.

(Updates with World Bank comment)

By Julia Payne

ABUJA, July 21 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s presidency said on Tuesday the World Bank had pledged to spend up to $2.1 billion to rebuild the northeast of the country that has been devastated by Boko Haram militants.

President Muhammadu Buhari met with representatives of the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization during a trip to Washington.

A World Bank spokeswoman said that during the meeting, the bank said the sum of $2.1 billion could be lent to Nigeria from its development agency and that support could also come from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Continue reading

Morocco – Large Scale Irrigation Modernization Project

On July 8, the World Bank Board of Directors approved the Morocco Large Scale Irrigation Modernization Project, worth a total of $187.5 million, of which $150 million is provided by the World Bank.

The development objectives of the Large Scale Irrigation Modernization Project for Morocco are: (i) for the Doukkala Regional Agricultural Development Office (ORMVA), the Gharb ORMVA, the Haouz ORMVA, and the Tadla ORMVA, to provide improved water service to farmers; and (ii) for targeted farmers in the project area, to have better access to improved irrigation technologies.

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eConsultant2: Training materials related to Integrated Urban Water Management

Formulation of financial and economic analysis training materials related to Integrated Urban Water Management

The selection is to contract the work for the development of training materials based on an in-depth assessment of financial and economic analysis tools and options related to Integrated Urban Water Management.

Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) is a holistic mode of strategic planning. It seeks to develop efficient, flexible urban water systems by adopting an integrated view of all components of the urban water cycle (water supply, sanitation, storm water management), in the context of the urban environment and the wider watershed (land use planning, urban planning and development, water users, environmental services). Continue reading

India – Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project

Original article posted on June 17, 2015 on the World Bank website.

The project is expected to benefit over 13 million people.The total value of the project is $370 million. Please find the Project Appraisal Document on the Project Website.

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 ─ The World Bank today approved a US $250 million credit for the Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project to restore, improve and enhance the resilience of public services and livelihoods of communities affected by cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh. The project will also increase the capacity of the state to respond promptly and effectively to an emergency.

The project will specifically benefit over 13 million people in the four severely affected districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari.

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