World Bank 2019: How past meetings' priorities are playing out in the funding data

World Bank President David Malpass. Photo by: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

The World Bank Annual Meetings this week offer a good moment to reflect on some ways its priorities have played out in its work over the past year. Devex takes a look at how some of the key themes have manifested in funding approvals, as well as the upcoming pipeline.

Fragile and least-developed countries

Since 2009, the bank’s total funding commitments to projects in fragile or least-developed countries have grown, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total approvals. In 2018, approved funding for these economies reached the highest levels in the bank’s history at nearly $17.8 billion, or 38.3% of total funding approvals for the year.

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    Matthew Wolf

    Matthew Wolf works with Devex's Development Data team from Johannesburg in South Africa, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges, results-based financing, and ICT4D.