Africa: Mixed Response to World Bank Education Package
22 September 2010
New York — At the opening of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit on Monday, mixed reactions greeted the World Bank’s announcement of an additional U.S.$750 million funding of basic education in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world that are not on track to meet the education MDGs by 2015.
The president of the World Bank Group, Robert B. Zoellick, announced the increased funding during his remarks for the opening plenary of high-level meetings on the MDGs. He lauded efforts of the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) fund, which since 2000, he said, has helped immunize 311 million children; provided access to water and sanitation for 177 million people; helped more than 47 million people access health services; and provided nutrition supplements to 99 million children.
However, going forward, Zoellick said the World Bank was going to [continue reading]