World Bank approves $300M for Nairobi project

A busy street in Nairobi. The World Bank has green-lit $300 million for Kenya. Photo by: khym54 / CC BY

The future of an infrastructure project in Nairobi, Kenya, may soon take shape after the World Bank green-lit $300 million for the program.

The bank’s board of directors approved the requested funding Thursday (May 10), which covers 90 percent of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project’s total cost: $330 million.

The project supports the country’s Vision 2030 strategy, whose objective is to help Kenya become a middle-income country. It aims to boost the economy and create jobs by improving key infrastructure and services in Nairobi, the country’s capital. These include sewerage and wastewater treatment, urban roads and public spaces.

The World Bank estimates more than 1.5 million people in Nairobi will benefit from this project, according to a press release.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.