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WB approves new funding for Ethiopia
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on 25th of September 2012, endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Ethiopia to build on the country’s development progress over the last five years of its previous country strategy and to help its government and communities go further in their efforts to create more growth, more jobs, better health and education, and significantly less poverty.
Consistent with the new CPS, the Board approved two International Development Association (IDA) interest-free credits totaling USD 1.15 billion to support Ethiopia’s commitment towards expanding the reach of key services to poor people across the country, and further develop its road networks to help promote better regional trade and internal travel.
The World Bank Group will mobilize 600 million US dollars in development financing for the third phase of the Promoting Basic Services (PBS III) program, which serves approximately 84 million people across Ethiopia, and is co-financed by the Government of Ethiopia, and other development partners such as the European Union, the UK Department for International Development, the African Development Bank, Italy, Austria and others.
Since 2006, the program has helped hire over 100,000 new primary school teachers at the ‘woreda’ (district) level; more than 38,000 health extension workers nationwide; and some 45,000 agricultural extension workers. The program has also promoted transparency and citizen engagement by posting its budgets and performance score-cards in 84pct of its operating districts and encouraging greater social accountability.
Ethiopia’s new Country Partnership Strategy has two main areas of focus― “Fostering competitiveness and employment” including improved delivery of infrastructure, and “Enhancing resilience and reducing vulnerabilities”, including developing a comprehensive approach to social protection and risk management.
(WIC)