The World Bank strategy for Africa is built on looking for opportunities for growth and poverty reduction, mainly to support structural transformation, economic diversification, and inclusion within the development finance framework. The WB strategic priority areas include: agricultural productivity; affordable and reliable energy; climate change; regional integration; urbanization; high quality human capital and knowledge. The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 75 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa.
The World Bank is committed to helping governments achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. UHC is essential to achieving the WB’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing equity, as well as reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the Bank include: reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); pandemics; pandemic emergency financing facility; nutrition; infectious diseases; tobacco control; and mental health. The Bank injects money to improve and strengthen primary health care in underserved populations.
The World Bank has free and open access to global development data (https://data.worldbank.org/); and to research and publications. The Bank has also Open Knowledge Observatory – a gateway to information on programs in Africa.
More details: http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr