WB approves new financing to improve climate-resilient development in Tanzania

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The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors on Wednesday approved 385 million U.S. dollars to improve urban services, institutional capacity, and climate resilience in Dar es Salaam, the commercial hub of Tanzania, according to a WB statement Thursday.

The move is to help promote the second phase of Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (DMDP), said the statement, noting that the second phase of the DMDP will focus on climate-smart priority infrastructure, integrated solid waste management infrastructure and services, and strengthening urban institutions.

“Tanzania remains very vulnerable to climate change and is limited in its preparedness to adapt and respond to the adverse impacts,” said Nathan Belete, WB country director for Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The first phase of DMDP improved mobility for 4.1 million people by constructing 207.8 km of roads, particularly in underserved low-income areas. It also enhanced flood protection for 406 hectares of urban land and upgraded 152 informal settlements, leading to improved living conditions for thousands of residents who now enjoy better access to basic services and amenities, said the statement.

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