WB okays US$100 million for living standard improvement

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors have approved US$100 million in additional financing for an ongoing project to help improve living standards for poor people in six northern mountainous provinces in Vietnam.

The increased financing bolsters poverty reduction efforts by the Vietnamese government in the provinces of Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Yen Bai.

The additional financing will contribute further to the government’s poverty reduction efforts by improving the capacity of local governments and communities, increasing access to investments that boost productivity, strengthening commune investment planning, and bolstering community links to markets and business innovations.

In particular, the project focuses on expanding support for poverty reduction efforts in the six provinces where it started, as well as additional districts and communes.

It also seeks to improve local development planning and help make a participatory approach part of the government’s national poverty reduction programs, with a focus on strengthening of partnerships between farmer groups and agro-businesses.

The government of Vietnam is providing US$10 million in financing in addition to the US$100 million from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s concessional lending arm.

By Bao Minh – translated by Uyen Phuong

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