The World Bank is in dire financial straits and seeking lifelines from wait for this: Africans, to be able to meet its obligations to the International Development Association (IDA).

The World Bank Vice-President for Development Finance Joachim Von Amsberg, who gave this hint, said the Bank needs to mobilise some US$135 thousand million in Official Development Assistance (ODA).

This amount will attract and leverage new public and private investments.

“We have a large portfolio, a series of projects in preparation that will drive private investment. These are projects for which there is great demand and we are seeking to mobilise possible resources. There is the Ebola problem, floods in Malawi and the earthquake in Nepal as well, which is why the response budget for three years was already exhausted in the first year,” explained the World Bank VP in his presentation on the topic “Funding Options for ODA.”

The record ODA replenishment of US$52.1 thousand million aims to maximise impact on development by leveraging public and private resources, in addition to knowledge, with solid results and efficiency at a low cost.

The demand for regional projects in Africa remains large, and most resources are committed to regional infrastructure projects.

“The strong replenishment of ODA and financial innovations are crucial to fulfilling the agenda for transformation in Africa,” he concluded.

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