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World Bank to give $125 million for health, road programs in South Sudan

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March 3, 2010 (JUBA) – The World Bank will grant funds totalling approximately US $125 million to finance health and road infrastructure programs in South Sudan. This is the largest package of new projects approved by the Oversight Committee of the World Bank-administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) since its inception in 2006.

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The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), David Deng Athorbei and the Manager of the World Bank Southern Sudan Program, Laurence Clarke, signed four grant agreements on March 3, 2010.

The first grant of $63 million will support a health project implemented by the Ministry of Health. The project, called "Umbrella Health System Development," is supposed to strengthen grant management capacity, monitoring and evaluation, pharmaceutical management, and expand basic health delivery and medical human resource development.

Another $40 million grant will be utilized for road rehabilitation and finance feasibility studies for feeder roads to connect production areas to market centres, according to a statement from the Bank today.

The third project costing $20 million will finance new offices and training of Police and Prisons personnel. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on behalf of the MDTF.

The fourth project – the Adolescent Girls’ Initiative— aims at giving life skills training for adolescent girls between the ages of 15 to 21, stated the Bank. The $1.7 million project is supported by a number of donors, including the World Bank, and will be implemented through BRAC South Sudan, a local nongovernmental organization.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), David Deng Athorbei and the Manager of the World Bank Southern Sudan Program, Laurence Clarke, today signed the four grant agreements.

This development follows a World Bank admission on February 20 that it was not satisfied with the "performance" of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund that it manages on behalf of donor countries that backed the 2005 peace agreement in Sudan. The Bank, which at that point had spent well under half of the 526 million dollar fund, said it was hampered by severe capacity restraints.

Earlier, countries that had donated to the trust fund criticized the Bank for its management. Michael Elmquist, representing a Joint Donor Team of the Netherlands, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Canada, last month complained that the fund’s legal and fiscal procedures were too cumbersome for an operating environment like South Sudan and disbursement had been too slow. After this criticism, the Bank sent a management team to assess the situation. It included senior bank official Joseph Saba.

The MDTF consists of 14 donors, including the World Bank. Since 2006, the MDTF has so far approved 15 projects totalling $326 million in Southern Sudan.

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  • 4 March 2010 05:31, by Nuerfudinka

    Ha ha ha ha, those money will go to their pkt,the former finace minister was allegelly stolen 600 millions US dollars.

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    • 4 March 2010 05:32, by Nuerfudinka

      sorry i mean allegedly!!

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      • 4 March 2010 07:04, by Dr.Agany

        Stop throwing figures!!!

        Try to analyze what you are writing!! What Akuiendit was accused of was $60 million not $600 million as your poor memory grabbed it.

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        • 4 March 2010 12:21, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          This $125 million,everybody heard it,please the 21 years fighting is not for nothing you fought for them let the money go in the right channel,for the purpose it was given for.
          Our President H.E Salva Kiir Maryadit said Zero Tolerance to conruption this time please all our ministers,governors comissionaries,hear what our president had said,to bring good name to your government.

          By OKUCU PA LOTINO KWAN

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    • 4 March 2010 15:21, by kuur Deng

      Dear compatriots ladies and gentlement,what is the meaning of this donation always,I don’t understand the really used of this money because when you look into it critically it doesn’t comply with the role of humanaterian AID at all.

      Well ,in the signing of CPA there was a lot of donation made for the same issues and was poor infrustratures and health care system delivery in the south and where did the money go?

      This is so choatic and riot,the world bank is trying to sponsor people pocket in the south which is so useless.just look at the hospitals the health status is quo ,roads are impassible,education and so on.what is so important in this? please stop it!

      Hahaha,this will be another change for them to buy the plots in Uganda,Kenya and abroads because the want theirs dear wieves and children to enjoy laxious life with the public funds,God forbid and He will not allow such multipractices to again.

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      • 4 March 2010 20:41, by R. TOOL

        Mr. Deng,

        Please pay attention to your writing/check spelling too. Infrastructure not "infrustratures" If you’re going to make a point be serious about it, and don’t use childlike humor "hahahaha". It seems everyone is using it in this chat room .... Free advise ... no charge...

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  • 4 March 2010 09:01, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Gift, Gift,Gift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh my god! Ministers in South Sudan are known for embezzlement, he signed Yesterday and today is planning for what to do with this Money ? Sending Sons to Europe or to build a House or getting new wives .

    Stupid Isaac Abraham wrote somewhere, wrote nonsense. For that Reason of Public Money Embezzlement, Central Equatoria State is so Serious not allowing Embezzlers to put hands on their Land.

    Some may not get me right, read Isaac Abraham Articles Some where, he is totally again Bari people.

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    • 4 March 2010 13:43, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am please to hear again that World bank is happy "to give $125 millions for health, road programs in the South’.
      To all those who posted the earlier, I respected and admired your anguish about GoSS stealing spree. In particular, the second post (not the corrected one) is in denial of the fact that theft is a theft. Whether you stolen a dollar or a millions, you are still a thief. What so striking about our attitude is the fact that our laws are not respected or implemented. President Kiir is walking tall and is not implementing what his saying in realities. How can we trust his Excellency? How can we call him His Excellency? How does he simply deserve my respect of calling him "His Excellency"? It is a work you do your Excellency and not how you talks or walk that is why we called you "Excellency"?

      To this day, Criminal who laundered money have escaped punishment and I believe that the Honourable Minister of Finance (Current) may decided to take the whole $125 million dollar, knowing that he is not going to be jail or investigated.
      In my opinion, those who pick-pocket or laundered or in process of laundering public fund must be prosecuted. Even to the point that it warrant death sentence. Take it this way, if you steal Special Purpose money, for example, "health" related fund, you are committing a crime so serious it warrant death penalty. innocent people died in the Hospital or clinics because you took vital money which can be used to buy medicine.
      What have you done you oxy-moron? Even, stealing money for road programs could paralyze the transport system. How many people died on the roads everyday in South Sudan? So many to counts. So please do not steal these monies or any money at any cost. Please put a sips in your mouth just like a calf and you will make it to the next day. G’day.

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    • 4 March 2010 20:56, by R. TOOL

      Mr. Hillary,

      Yes, you are right no one understand what you wrote. Please take your time and again.

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    • 5 March 2010 13:46, by Man of facts

      Dear Hillary
      Our personal announcement and accusation will not solve any thing within south sudan.
      All your comments are hundred percent full of blame with no solution.
      Analytically and solution procession must be set up by people like you and you are welcome to demonstrate good govern toward this nation.

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  • 4 March 2010 14:53, by Time1

    This is a good development and a new start for world bank in south sudan, the effect of this money will only be seen after a year, lets hope this is how business is carried out, not waiting 5 years to just release money for development, the lesson to be learn here is, do not make promises if you cannot fullfil it.

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  • 4 March 2010 21:30, by M.Cool.J

    Hey David Deng Athorbei,

    That money is not yours and this you must understand oh!Don’t be like the other finance minister who ran away with money.Becoz you dinka guys loves money now you will hide it in foreign banks eh?

    I could hear your heart found when signing the grants praying to god if He can only let the bank release the money.God will punish you if you try to eat even a single coin.

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    • 5 March 2010 04:27, by Kuany Dak

      Dear all,

      Wow!$125mil for health and road programs in south sudan provided by the world bank. Good luck GOSS with big bucks in your pockets.

      Thank you,
      Kuany Dak

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