The World Bank on Thursday signed on the dotted line to give a US$ 51 million grant for the Community-Development and Livelihood Improvement “Gemi Diriya” project.

The World Bank on Thursday signed on the dotted line to give a US$ 51 million grant for the Community-Development and Livelihood Improvement “Gemi Diriya” project. The World Bank on Thursday signed on the dotted line to give a US$ 51 million grant for the Community-Development and Livelihood Improvement “Gemi Diriya” project. The grant, which is provided by the International Development Association, the World Bank’s concessionary arm, finances the first phase of a proposed three-phase program which will ultimately cover between 4,000 and 5,000 village communities throughout the country over a 12-year period.

The project is designed to empower poor people and help them build a sense of community control.

A World Bank statement on Thursday says earlier pilot projects have thought them that communities know best about their needs, strengths, and weaknesses; their vision; and their constraints.

The earlier pilot projects which tested the transfer of decision-making power and funds to communities also showed that given an opportunity, poor people are capable of managing their development effectively and transparently.