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Beyond financing, The World Bank’s IDA is present in all poor countries, works across all sectors, and supports a country’s development objectives.

Women beneficiaries of IDA-funded social protection and nutrition programs in the village of Soavina in Madagascar. © Sarah Farhat/World Bank

World Bank Group President David Malpass reflects on the urgency of our mission, and the challenges ahead after a recent visit to Africa.

Students in the Primary School of Soavina, Madagascar. © Sarah Farhat/World Bank

To enhance the overall climate resilience of Small Island Developing States, the World Bank has increased assistance to the transport sector there.

People in a pickup truck on a muddy road. © Conor Ashleigh/World Bank
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The World Bank Group has two goals,

To end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

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Rising debt levels are increasingly a concern. Many emerging and developing economies have borrowed heavily and their hard-won reductions of public debt before the global financial crisis have eroded. Emerging and developing economy debt has climbed by an average of 15 percentage points to 51 percent of GDP in 2018, the World Bank’s June 2019 Global Economic Prospects: Heightened Tensions, Subdued Investment reports. Read More.



We support countries' poverty reduction strategies

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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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