This annual report outlines the World Bank's Water Partnership Program's activities and progress in its key focus areas of water resources management, climate change, food security, and energy security. The program is a multi-donor trust that was established in 2009 and is transitioning, as of June 2012, into a bolder Phase II of its operations. In addition to investing in research, technology and practice, the program is building partnerships, networks, and capacity, and working towards its new objective of green growth.
- In 2011, World Bank lending approvals for water (supply and sanitation, hydropower, irrigation and drainage, and flood protection) increased by 30% to $7.5 billion. Water resource management was an additional $1.76 billion.
- Africa receives over 30% of WPP funds, the largest share in the portfolio. * WPP is innovating its analytical methods, incorporating dynamic costs and benefits into its social and economic impact models.
- The Water Hackathon brought together 507 volunteer software developers and designers, competing to create technology to meet water and sanitation challenges.
- Water withdrawals have tripled in the past 50 years; 5.5 billion people are projected to face moderate to severe water stress by 2025.
- Climate resilient green growth demands integrating water across sectors, paying attention to the nexus of food and water, and enabling flexibility for countries to develop innovative solutions.
- Phase II of the WPP will include a program on remote sensing and water, and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation scheme.