World Bank-India Partnership

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim discussing sewage project with a local expert. Infrastructure is among the key focus areas in the World Bank’s country partnership strategy with India. Photo by: World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Owing to its fast-growing economy, India now has a strong middle class and an increasingly competitive workforce. Social conditions in the South Asian country, which was upgraded to lower-middle-income status in 2008, have improved as well.

Life expectancy is now at 70 years, up from 62 years in 2000, and HIV prevalence among youth and adults aged 15 to 49 have stood at 0.3 percent since 2007. Nearly 92 percent of India’s citizens have access to an improved water source as well.

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