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World Bank Approves $500m Loan to Empower Nigerian Women

The World Bank Group has approved a loan of $500m to help improve the livelihood of women in Nigeria.

Recall that this would be the second loan approved by the World Bank under President Bola Tinubu.

The World Bank Group recently approved a loan of $750m to boost Nigeria’s power sector, the loan with project ID P174622 was approved on June 9, 2023.

The bank noted that the new loan would help scale up financing for Nigeria for Women program, which was initially approved on June 27, 2018, with $100m financing.

A statement by the World Bank read in part, “The World Bank has approved $500m for Nigeria for Women Program Scale Up (NFWP-SU). The scale-up financing will further support the government of Nigeria to invest in improving the livelihoods of women in Nigeria.

“The NFWP-SU will help to ensure better economic opportunities for women, which is essential for addressing gender inequality; guaranteeing better education, health, and nutrition outcomes for families; and building women’s and communities’ resilience to climate change.”

The Bank further explained that it is expedient for the government to address issues that inhibit women’s economic empowerment and hinder inclusive, low-carbon, and resilient economic growth.

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