2019 Grant Awardees

The inaugural grant awardees for 2019 feature a portfolio of 10 countries with diverse programmatic approaches for the economic inclusion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. PEI seeks to operationalize economic inclusion programs across diverse World Bank operations, while also engaging global partners for technical expertise and knowledge sharing. The awardees are eligible for modest funding support, help desk services, and technical support.

Following are the winning countries selected from a strong pool of applicants across all lending regions, spanning six global practices, several with strong cross-GP collaboration demonstrating a Whole of Bank approach. The winning projects are geographically diverse, including Afghanistan and Bangladesh in South Asia, Egypt and Iraq in Middle East North Africa, Uzbekistan in Europe and Central Asia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia in Sub-Saharan Africa and Panama in Latin America. The awardees together comprise diverse beneficiary income levels, programmatic approaches, and innovations, and focus on gender empowerment, fragile and conflict-affected regions, youth, rural and urban resilience.

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