World Bank [to 25 April 2015]

World Bank [to 25 April 2015]
[We generally limit coverage to regional and global level initiatives, recognizing that a number of country-level announcements are added each week]

Nigeria: World Bank Approves US$500 Million to Improve Maternal and Child Health, Achieve the ‘Saving One Million Lives’ Goal
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$500 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to significantly improve maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children.By improving access to higher quality health services, the new development financing will help Nigeria to achieve its “Saving One Million Lives (SOML) Initiative,” which was launched by the Federal Ministry of Health in October 2012 to save the lives of the more than 900,000 women and children who die every year in Nigeria from largely preventable causes.“Saving One Million Lives is a bold response from the Nigerian government to improve the health of the country’s mothers and children so they can survive illness and thrive. This, in turn, will also contribute to the social and economic development of Africa’s largest economy,” said Benjamin Loevinsohn, a Lead Health Specialist and Task Team Leader for the new project….
Date: April 23, 2015

Burkina Faso: World Bank Approves Additional Financing to Improve Reproductive Health and Education for Women and Girls in the Sixth African Sahel Country
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$23.2 credit and US$11.6 grant for women and adolescent girls’ empowerment to expand their access to reproductive, child, and maternal health services in Burkina Faso. It will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs. The additional financing will build on the original Sahel Women Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Regional Project and add Burkina Faso to be the sixth country supported by the project. It first included five countries in Africa’s Sahel region and the Economic Community of Western Africa States (ECOWAS) and now with the sixth the total financing for the project is US$205 million. “Adding Burkina Faso will enhance the regional impact,” says Mercy Tembon, the World Bank Country Manager for Burkina Faso. “Educating adolescent girls and improving health services for women will certainly reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity…
Date: April 23, 2015

Data and Analysis for More Secure Land Rights, Better Land Use, and Shared Prosperity
These innovations and new tools—along with the dialogue around the Sustainable Development Goals—will further increase demand for reliable data and good analysis. “We see enormous demand for a more evidence-based and output-driven approach to land that can provide a basis for enhanced World Bank engagement in this important sector. Responding to it in a smart way will require support to local capacity to generate and analyze administrative, spatial, and household data and to persistently feed results into ongoing policy debates to secure rights for those who have been excluded—and draw in an increasing number of partners to make the conference more exciting every year,” said Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist in the Research Department and, together with Thea Hilhorst and Nisma Elias of the Research Department, principal organizer of the event…
Date: April 23, 2015

Understanding the Drivers of Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean
New report analyzes eight countries to extract valuable lessons for the futureWASHINGTON, April 20, 2015—Latin America and the Caribbean have led the developing world in shared prosperity achievements in the last decade, and have seen impressive poverty reduction successes, driven by growth, labor incomes and effective safety net programs. The middle class has expanded and the socioeconomic makeup of the region has transformed as a result. As the region now faces an economic slowdown and stagnating inequality, understanding what helped drive these gains becomes particularly valuable.A new World Bank Group report, Shared Prosperity and Poverty Eradication in Latin America and the Caribbean, explores the performance of eight countries to understand what has driven progress, and what it will take to sustain it. Across the region, higher incomes, improved human capital, and mechanisms that enable the poor and vulnerable to persevere in the face of shocks will be important for safeguarding…
Date: April 20, 2015