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Why does IDA matter for Rwanda? Testimonial: Marie-Josee Kankera, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

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Published on Jan 16, 2013

http://www.worldbank.org/ida - Rwanda's Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Marie-Josee Kankera, talks in April 2012 about why IDA's development support has been crucial for Rwanda's recovery and development. IDA is the World Bank's fund for the 81 poorest countries in the world.

On IDA's role after conflict...
"IDA is very important for Rwanda, especially because Rwanda experienced genocide in 1994, and this destroyed everything - infrastructure...many things. There was an urgent need for the country to rebuild schools, to rebuild all public offices, so IDA has helped very much to rebuild our country. It has helped very much to reduce poverty and this has helped all these people with many many problems: orphans, widows, all these very poor people who came to that status due to the war of 1994."
"IDA has helped the country to really start its development again, and now I can say that we are on the right way, the poverty is really reducing. According to our evaluation done this year, we noticed that the poverty has reduced by 12%, and this is a very good thing. I'm very very proud that IDA has contributed a lot to the development of our country."

On IDA development finance...
"What I like specifically about IDA is that they base their intervention on the country assistance strategy. They look at your priorities. This is very important [because] when they look at our priorities they really address the real problems of the country. Our country likes this strategy of intervention - based on the priority of the country."
"As a Parliamentarian, I am very interested to know what IDA is doing with my country because I do the oversight of the government to see if the financing from IDA has been used correctly, if it has produced a good impact, some changes, good changes, in my community, in my population."

Learn more about how IDA has supported growth in Rwanda at: http://www.worldbank.org/ida/country/...
Some of Rwanda's key achievements supported by IDA:
- 750,000 people now have access to a reliable electric supply, with electricity load shedding reduced substantially from approximately 50 percent at peak hours in 2004 to 0 percent in 2010.
- Time to start a business was cut from 14 days to 3 days, the number of procedures reduced from 8 to 2, and the cost of starting a business dropped from 109 percent to 10 percent of income per capita between 2008 and 2009.

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