World Bank opens doors to South Sudan

A boy carries the South Sudan flag. The country is now the World Bank Group's newest member. Photo by: Steve Evans / CC BY

The world’s newest country is now the World Bank Group’s newest member.

South Sudan formally joined the bank Wednesday (April 18), which means the country now has access to resources from the International Development Association, the bank’s financing arm for the poorest countries.

South Sudan, which found independence in July last year, records the worst when it comes to child and maternal mortality as well as primary education. It also has few accessible roads and water infrastructure. Fighting between the country and Sudan is exacerbating these development challenges.

The U.N. Security Council warned Tuesday (April 17) of potential sanctions to the two warring nations if they do not end their fighting soon, Reuters reports. The council calls on Sudan to stop its air strikes and asks South Sudan to withdraw from the oil-producing Heglig region, which the latter seized last week.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    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.