News Releases

Jul 06, 2011 | News story
Many cities in Bank client countries are experiencing an era of rapid change and growth. More people and more economic activity are putting pressure on urban water resources and challenging the functionality of traditional water systems.
Jul 05, 2011 | News story
One of the most repulsive moments in cinematic history is the outhouse scene in the Oscar-winning films Slumdog Millionaire. The hero, Jamal, is trapped in an outhouse when his favorite celebrity lands nearby in a helicopter.
Jun 27, 2011 | News story
In April 2011, the World Bank held an online Open Forum to gather ideas on ways to resolve the global food crisis. More than 500 people in 88 countries provided comments and proposed solutions and Bank experts are now responding to them.
Jun 21, 2011 | News story
Addressing gender concerns in water and sanitation is crucial to improving program effectiveness. A new study provides statistical evidence of a significant relationship between hauling time and girls’ school attendance. “On average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6 kilometers a day carrying 20 liters of water; greatly reducing the time they have for other productive work of for girls to attend schools” (UNICEF)
Jun 17, 2011 | News story
Liberia can now consolidate and expand interventions in the rural water sector thanks to a detailed digital map and inventory that locates existing safe water points, their functionality, type, construction date, water quality and other data.
Jun 13, 2011 | News story
The World Bank partners with NASA and USAID to bring state-of-the-art remote sensing technology to Arab countries to improved local and regional management of water and agriculture.
Jun 01, 2011 | News story
As drought eases, gender equity is seen key to boosting water access and food security.
May 24, 2011 | News story
The Shandong Confucius and Mencius Culture Heritage Conservation and Development Project, financed by a loan of US$50 million, will provide support to Qufu and Zoucheng, the hometowns of Confucius and Mencius, two great thinkers of ancient China.
May 20, 2011 | News story
In the film "Quantum of Solace", James Bond battles a corrupt environmentalist to prevent a company from taking over Bolivia’s water supply. The company planned to enrich itself by creating a monopoly and charging excessive rates for water.
May 09, 2011 | News story
GPOBA's portfolio in urban water and sanitation pilots now boasts eight projects with a subsidy funding value of US$28 million. The projects are expected to help over a million people gain access to safe and reliable water services. So far the portfolio has delivered over 150,000 verified outputs including yard taps, public water points and individual household connections.