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World Bank to Contribute Millions to Help Kenya Withstand Drought
Mike Onyiego | Nairobi
In response to the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa, the World Bank is planning to provide Kenya with tens of millions of dollars to improve the country’s defenses against future droughts.
The drought and famine currently rippling through east Africa has shown no signs of slowing. With governments, businesses and people around the world ramping up relief efforts, the World Bank has also decided to intervene.
A team of technical experts on emergency disaster recovery recently wrapped up a mission to assess the needs of the people and governments of East Africa. The team reviewed the humanitarian situation, the efforts to alleviate the situation, and the various drought prevention mechanisms already in place.
After concluding the mission, the World Bank has announced it will contribute $39 million to help fill gaps it found in the various drought and famine response efforts. Johannes Zutt is the World Bank Country Director for Kenya and Somalia.
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Kenya: Donors cut aid over fresh funds scandal
Summary & Comment: Kenya is facing corruption charges from the World Bank in connection with funds designated to assist with drought relief. Other donor nations including the European Union are reassessing their aid to Kenya in the light of this scandal. DH
Author: Daily Nation Reporter
Date Written: 7 July 2011
Primary Category: Eastern Region
Document Origin: Daily Nation, Kenya
Secondary Category: -none-
Source URL: http://www.nation.co.ke/
Key Words: Kenya, World Bank, scandal, funds, aid,
A scandal similar to one that led to donor freeze of Free Primary Education funding has emerged in the programme to save communities from the effects of drought. Billions of shillings committed by various donors and international lending institutions for fighting drought in Northern Kenya are frozen as the country begins to confront suspension by the World Bank of a critical drought management project that has been running since 1996, and which is currently under the ministry for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands. It is financed by the government and a World Bank loan.
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AidData submits Development Loop to World Bank Apps for Development competition
AidData, with support from Esri, built the “Development Loop” for submission to the World Bank Apps for Development contest. The application uses sub-national data from the World Bank and African Development Bank, overlaid with local development indicators and project success stories from GlobalGiving, to produce a visual story of aid, need, and feedback. The application is interactive; users can add, edit, and visualize their own information from anywhere in the world. The application is a strong example of how technology can be used to create a feedback loop between donors and beneficiary communities.
The World Bank launched the Apps for Development contest in order to motivate the software development community to create tools and mashups using World Bank data. Public voting on contest submissions begins today. AidData is a joint initiative of Development Gateway, Brigham Young University, and the College of William and Mary.
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World Bank report decries global land grab while encouraging it
Uprising Radio | 10 Sep 2010
A new report by the World Bank called “Rising Global Interest in Farmland,” highlights the sharp increase in foreign purchases of vast tracts of land in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 2009 alone, about 45 million hectares of land were bought. According to the World Bank, the recent food crises, and well as a growing interest in bio-fuels, are among the motives spurring the purchases by both governments and corporations. But while the report warns of a lack of transparency and the potential harm to poor people, it ultimately endorses the land grabs in the name of productivity and sound investment. An earlier version of the report with an entirely different title was leaked about a month ago but most media outlets have not connected the two this week. The leaked draft was publicized by the Bay-area based Oakland Institute, a think tank that has published in-depth reports on land grabs and the food crisis, critical of institutions like the World Bank. A year ago, the Oakland Institute was sounding the alarm with their October 2009 report entitled “The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor.” More recently, they challenged the World Bank with a report this past April entitled “(Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab.”
GUEST: Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute
Find out more online at www.oaklandinstitute.org
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Tanzania: World Bank Donates 1.8bn/- for Water Project in Kisarawe
Posted: 23 May 2010 11:15 AM PDT
The World Bank has provided a total of 1,085,518,950/- to Kisarawe District Council in Coast Region for developing water projects in eleven villages in the district this year, District Commissioner, Ms Khanifa Karamagi said today in her speech when opening a one-day District Consultative Committee (DCC) held here.
Ms Karamagi named the eleven villages as Chole, Msanga, Masaki, Vikumbuuru, Chakenge, Boga, Mafizi, Kibuta, Kiluvya A , Kwala and Kihare. Meanwhile, Ms Khanifa Karamagi said that Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has started surveying the area between Pugu Kajiungeni in Ilala Municipality and Msanga village in preparation to supply electricity to various villages including Masaki, Masanganya, Boga and Msanga.
She also said that the authority had taken the responsibility of supplying the power from Mlandizi in Kibaha district in the region to Maneromango village through various villages including Vihingo, Mzenga and Mitengwe.
“The problem of power supply to the villages in the district will soon be solved; let you be prepared to make use of it,” she said. Continue reading “Tanzania: World Bank Donates 1.8bn/- for Water Project in Kisarawe (NGO News Africa / Tanzania Daily News)”
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World Bank/ESMAP – Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa: Call for proposals
The World Bank is requesting proposals for innovative pilot projects that demonstrate new approaches to modernizing biomass energy in Sub‐Saharan Africa. This request for proposals is part of a new initiative called the Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) which is administered by the World Bank Africa Energy Unit (AFTEG) and financed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Africa Renewable Energy Access (AFREA) Trust Fund, provided by the Government of the Netherlands.
The rationale for these pilot projects is that biomass is and will continue to be for many decades a predominant local source of energy in Sub‐Saharan Africa, since it is used for home cooking, heating and also commercial and industrial applications such as for bakeries, charcoaling, lime production, bricks and tile production, tobacco drying and other uses. Modernization of this sector with a view to obtaining a sustainable supply, efficient usage and new modern and cleaner applications of biomass energy is necessary and can be justified based on health, energy security, socio‐economic, and global and local environmental reasons.
The Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa will co‐finance about 10‐15 promising pilots of innovative biomass energy projects throughout the Sub‐Saharan Africa region that could advance the biomass agenda, in terms of learning how to apply new knowledge/experience, and/or increased institutional capacity and understanding of biomass energy. These pilots are intended to present knowledge of building blocks for World Bank operations.
Link to full-text – http://www.esmap.org/beia/BEIA_call_for_proposals_pilot_projects_English.pdf
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SCHOOL MEALS KEY TO FEEDING AND EDUCATING MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN – UN REPORT
New York, Nov 24 2009 3:05PM
The introduction of free meal programmes not only ensures children are fed, but are crucial to keeping the poorest and most vulnerable in school while providing a boost to learning and health, according to a United Nations report released today.
The new report from the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) noted that although most countries offer meals to their students, poor nations face a double obstacle of expanding under-funded feeding programmes while battling the worst effects of the financial, food, and fuel crises, with little support from the international aid community. Continue reading “SCHOOL MEALS KEY TO FEEDING AND EDUCATING MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN (UNNews)”
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World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development
October 19, 2007 – World Development Report 2008 calls for greater investment in agriculture in developing countries.The report warns that the sector must be placed at the center of the development agenda if the goals of halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 are to be realized.
While 75 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas in developing countries, a mere 4 percent of official development assistance goes to agriculture.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, a region heavily reliant on agriculture for overall growth, public spending for farming is also only 4 percent of total government spending and the sector is still taxed at relatively high levels.
For the poorest people, GDP growth originating in agriculture is about four times more effective in raising incomes of extremely poor people than GDP growth originating outside the sector. More… | Press Briefing Transcript
Event: Africa’s Agriculture for Development Agenda Part I| Part II
“A dynamic ‘agriculture for development’ agenda can benefit the estimated 900 million rural people in the developing world who live on less than $1 a day, most of whom are engaged in agriculture,” said Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Group President. “We need to give agriculture more prominence across the board. At the global level, countries must deliver on vital reforms such as cutting distorting subsidies and opening markets, while civil society groups, especially farmer organizations, need more say in setting the agricultural agenda.”
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MEA Bulletin – Issue No. 45
IISD RS is pleased to announce that the newest issue of MEA Bulletin is now available. To access the 45th issue directly, click here <http://www.iisd.ca/mea-l/meabulletin45.pdf> . To read past issues and to sign up to receive the PDF version, click here <http://www.iisd.ca/email/mea-l.htm> .
The 45th issue of MEA Bulletin includes reports on the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings and a country-led initiative in support of the UN Forum on Forests, as well as a summary of IISD RS coverage of the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The guest article, “How Information and Communications Technologies Can Support Education for Sustainable Development: Current uses and trends,” was authored by Leslie Paas, IISD Associate, with Heather Creech, Director, Knowledge Communications, IISD. It describes their study of information and communication technologies and offers suggestions to further explore their connection with education for sustainable development.
MEA Bulletin is a publication created by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (UNEP DELC).
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Needed by African farmers: simple water pumps
Finding sufficient water for irrigation is one of the major challenges facing farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. “Very often it is too expensive for small farmers to buy, run and maintain engine-driven irrigation pumps,” says Tom Brabben of the International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID), sponsored by FAO, the World Bank and other donors.
Locally produced low-cost treadle pumps instead could make an important difference and could boost food security in the region significantly, as suggested by a new IPTRID report, Treadle pumps for irrigation in Africa.
<http://www.fao.org/iptrid/treadle/treadlepumps.pdf> Continue reading “Simple treadle pumps for irrigation (MMC / FAO)”