Universal health coverage programs transforming care for poorest and most vulnerable

Article originally published on World Bank website.

The expansion of universal health coveragenurses-in-tonga is critical: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank Group, 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of out-of-pocket health spending. The World Bank report, Going Universal: How 24 countries are implementing universal health coverage reforms from the bottom up, looks at how 24 countries have embarked on the path to universal health coverage and are expanding coverage to the poor—who too often get much less from their health systems than the better-off. Continue reading

IFIs Back New Global Development Agenda with Stepped-Up Support

Article originally posted on the World Bank website.

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hailed today’s adoption of a sustainable development agenda for the next generation and are fully committed to stepping up their support to ensure its success.


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World Bank Webinar: Recent Global Trends in Infrastructure Project Finance

Date: September 29, 2015Recent_Global_Trends_PPP
Time: 10:00AM EST
In the first quarter of 2014, many emerging countries were still struggling to mobilize financing flows to infrastructure, although there were key signs of a revival. A year later, some countries and regions appear to have been successful in reviving their PPP markets, others less so. In addition, against the back drop of developments in the project finance market, international financial institutions and bilateral aid organizations discussed the future of financing of infrastructure in Addis Ababa this year. What does the future look like? This webinar looks at the current trends in PPP financing in major regions of the world from lender and MDB perspectives.

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IFC Reengagement with the Central African Republic’s Private Sector

This article was originally published on the IFC website.

As part its efforts to re-engage with the CASACentral African Republic, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, supported the organization of a five-day national forum on private sector development presided over by Catherine Samba-Panza, the country’s transitional Head of State. The forum was co-financed by IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA), which is supporting private sector growth in nine fragile countries in Africa (Burundi, CAR, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan). CASA is supported by donor partners Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway.

Workshops during the forum focused on forestry, mining and agriculture as key development sectors, and introduced a public-private partnership (PPP) model to infrastructure development. Other key issues discussed included taxation, investment incentives, women entrepreneurship, and inclusion in the regional economy. IFC has previously worked with public and private sector partners in the CAR to improve the investment climate and support small business growth, particularly in and around the capital, Bangui.

Jean Christophe Carret, World Bank Country Manager for the CAR, said, “The World Bank Group is open to re-engagement with key internal and external stakeholders in the CAR to promote private sector-led growth through support to the health and infrastructure sectors, including transport and energy.” The forum’s goals included identifying bottlenecks hindering the development of the private sector, and nurturing a new economic development approach for the country

17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land & Poverty

Call for submission of papers.

From March 14 – 18, the World Bank Land-Conference-2016will be organizing the 17th annual Conference on Land & Poverty. With more than 1,000 participants from 125 countries at the 2015 conference, this event has become one of the main venues for showcasing innovation, learning, and debate among high level policy makers, researchers, civil society, and development partners. This year’s conference topic is motivated by the fact that recording of rights to make tenure more secure and improve land use by all, is increasingly within reach as improved technology allows better access to and management of geospatial information, citizen participation, and facilitates transparency. Continue reading

WB Event – The Big Push toward Universal Health Coverage: Metrics, Data, and Impact

Date: October 26, 2015

The developing world—and some parts of the 62049 - IPC-001465developed world too, including the United States—is in the midst of a big push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). There is, however, confusion about what UHC means and how to measure it. As a result it is unclear how far countries are from reaching UHC, and the degree to which different UHC-inspired reforms have actually helped move countries towards UHC. Continue reading

Resilient Supply Chains – A Strategic Dialogue (London, 19 October 2015)

Resilient Supply Chains – Farmers & Food Industry Tackle the Shared Challenge of Climate Change – A Strategic Dialogue (London, 19 October 2015)

Climate change brings significant, resilient supply chainsconcrete and near-term impacts for farmers and food companies’ bottom lines alike. The objective of this strategic dialogue is to bring leaders from both groups together to discuss their shared climate change challenges: Continue reading

‘Dutch development aid is effective and efficient’

Original article posted in the Volkskrant on September 2, 2015

Taxpayers’ money spent well

Useless waste of money, is more andVolkskrant more often the verdict about development aid. To the contrary, is the conclusion after the largest evaluation ever: development organizations are effective and efficient.

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WB Event – Should We Just Give People Cash?

Date: September 29, 2015

Over the past decade or so, we have witnessed an world money smallimpressive growth in the number, volume, and types of social protection programs in developing countries. This successful growth has been accompanied by a shift in focus from the programs’ traditional role of mitigating risk to changing the earnings trajectory of poor households to promote their escape from poverty. Continue reading

IFC & Dutch firm help Kenyan farming co-operatives get access to financing

Article originally published by Business Daily Africa on August 23, 2015.

A rating agency has come up with a formula that Printranks agriculture-focused co-operative societies and small-scale businesses in a move that will make it easier for them to access loans and social investor funds.

SCOPEInsight, the company supported by the Embassy of Netherlands and partnering with International Finance Corporation (IFC), has developed a rating system that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of co-operative societies. This will prepare them to get financial support. Continue reading