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Sierra Leone Lawmakers Approve $30.6 Million Development Grant

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April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Lawmakers in Sierra Leone have approved a $30.6 million grant from the International Development Association, a World Bank unit that provides interest-free credit for poor nations.

The grant will help develop the capacity of local councils to deliver services to their residents, Frank Kposowa, a lawmaker, said today in a phone interview from the capital, Freetown. IDA, as the World Bank unit is known, provided $20 million for the initial phase of the project in 2009, he said.

Sierra Leone is one of the world’s 10 poorest countries, according to the United Nations Human Development Index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Silas Gbandia in Freetown at sgbandia@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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