WASHINGTON, USA. The World Bank had announced nearly $200 million in additional and reprogrammed financing to bolster Ukraine’s social services for vulnerable people.
This comes on top of the $723 million mobilized for Ukraine and its people last week, of which $350 million has already been disbursed to Ukraine.
According to the World Bank, the financing is part of the $3 billion package of support that the World Bank Group previously announced it is preparing for Ukraine over the coming months.
The combined total of support mobilized by the World Bank for Ukraine now stands at more than $925 million.
As part of the mobilization efforts, Austria has contributed €10 million ($11 million equivalent) to the multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) set up by the World Bank to facilitate channeling grant resources from donors to Ukraine. This raises the current MDTF total to $145 million.
The World Bank Group President David Malpass, noted that the ongoing war continues to have severe human costs and has created financing gaps that jeopardize the ability of vulnerable people in Ukraine to meet basic needs.
“This rapid support will help to bridge those gaps during a time of extreme disruption as we work on broader support efforts for Ukraine and the region,” Malpass said.
Adding, “While the full impact remains uncertain, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing a growing number of civilian casualties, destroying livelihoods, and damaging critical civilian infrastructure, including homes, water and sanitation, schools, health facilities and highways.”