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30 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

With fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attending school, the World Bank and USAID have created a new $3 million Disability-Inclusive Education in Africa Program Trust Fund to increase access for these children to primary school and to design and implement inclusive education programs across the region.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

06 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

  • To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.

16 Sep 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia are collaborating to improve the productivity of staple food crops, such as maize, rice, and legumes.

  • Local farmers are testing new conservation farming technologies, with information on them is shared across the three countries.

  • Patricia Dzimbiri is a farmer in Malawi who has successfully piloted the sustainable farming methods and shared what she has learned with more than 80 other farmers.

15 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address trade-offs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

02 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With support from the World Bank, an informal settlement in Maputo now has new drainage systems, paved access roads, new recreational spaces, and improvements in solid waste collection

  • An estimated 40,000 residents directly benefited from the upgrades, including 2000 primary school children whose school has been totally rehabilitated

  • Improvements have also led to increased property tax revenue and local businesses have grown to include more than 800 people, mostly women

13 Jan 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Southern Africa has been hit by its worst drought in 35 years. An estimated 32 million people are food insecure.

  • Poverty is expected to rise, jeopardizing decades of hard-won developmental gains in the region.

  • Cash transfers have become the primary response to support the recovery of disaster-affected population.

By Andrea Vermehren, Lead Social Protection Specialist working in the Africa region

12 Nov 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As climate change induced risks increase, it is critical that African countries modernize hydro-meteorological infrastructure and take practical steps to advance disaster risk management efforts

  • Only 10 out of 54 African countries offer adequate meteorological services

  • Governments, organizations, and members of the international community are working together in the framework of the World Bank initiated Africa Hydromet Program to transform hydromet services and build capacity

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Foreword

As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

22 Sep 2016 description

15 September 2016, Johannesburg

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Participants of the meeting:

RC and/or UNCT members from 12 countries in the southern Africa region, UN Regional Directors or their representatives, NGO regional Directors or their representatives, IFRC, SADC, World Bank, AfDB, regional UN agency staff.

Main conclusions and recommendations:

Session 1: Humanitarian response

07 Apr 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank Group Unveils New Climate Action Plan

Plan to Help Countries Meet Paris COP21 Pledges

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016—The World Bank Group today announced plans to help developing countries add 30 gigawatts of renewable energy – enough to power 150 million homes – to the world’s energy capacity, bring early warning systems to 100 million people and develop climate-smart agriculture investment plans for at least 40 countries – all by 2020.

26 Feb 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farming households globally, who comprise a large proportion of the world’s poor living on less than $2 a day.

  • In CGAP’s Smallholder Diaries, researchers met with 270 smallholder farmers in Mozambique, Pakistan, and Tanzania every two weeks for a year to understand their agricultural production, income, and expenses.

  • To improve the lives of smallholders, developing solutions specific to each market is critical.

13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

31 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 — The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit in the amount of US$50 million to boost Mozambique’s efforts to increase access to food and better nutrition for its people, and to promote market-based agriculture and private sector investment. This financing is the second of a series of three agriculture budget support operations that finance a medium-term agriculture sector reform program in Mozambique.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• A risk assessment of 637 classrooms in seven provinces was completed. Following the assessment, the Government produced a catalog of hazardresistant school construction options tailor-made for Mozambique, such as raised cement foundations and stronger, wind-proof roofs.

• School safety guidelines are now being put into place in more than 1,000 classrooms across the country.

• GFDRR-supported risk analysis tools are in use alongside guidelines on how to build resilient schools throughout Mozabique.

10 Feb 2015 description

The need for safety nets in Sub-Saharan Africa is vast. In addition to being the world’s poorest region, Sub-Saharan Africa is also one of the most unequal. In this context, redistribution must be seen as a legitimate way to fight poverty and ensure shared prosperity - and all the more so in countries where growth is driven by extractive industries that are not labor-intensive and often employ very few poor people. Given that most African countries face difficult decisions about how to allocate limited resources among a number of social programs, evidence is important.

06 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Natural disasters can hit developing countries with an economic force that can roll back development gains and exacerbate inequality.

  • To ensure development efforts are sustainable, the World Bank-managed Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is scaling up disaster risk management efforts and building resilience in vulnerable countries.

24 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2014 — The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today an International Development Association (IDA)* financing in the amount of US$50 million to support climate change related reforms agreed upon between the Government of Mozambique (GoM) and the World Bank under the Climate Change Development Policy Operation (DPO). This operation will improve the country’s resilience to effects of climate change through the implementation of reforms across several sectors of the economy.