Islamic Republic of Mauritania

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Country Overview

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania joined the IsDB in August 1974 as a founder member. The first IsDB operation in Mauritania was approved in December 06, 1977. Mauritania is an LDMC country where close to 33 % of the population is still poor. Poverty remains a predominantly rural phenomenon. 

Mauritania is a vast country bordering the Sahara Desert. It gained independence in 1960 and has a population of over 3.9 million, mostly concentrated in urban areas like the capital, Nouakchott. Despite its size, much of Mauritania's land is desert, with only the southern region receiving regular rainfall.

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Current Projects

In Mauritania, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) has supported poverty reduction through various initiatives. The Fund has promoted access to clean energy via the Solar Rural Electrification Project. Additionally, ISFD invested in education with the Vocational Literacy Program for Poverty Reduction (VOLIP). 

Furthermore, ISFD has supported healthcare through scholarships for ophthalmologists, AFAB Program, maternal and neonatal healthcare services, and programs to prevent and treat obstetric fistula.

4,900,000 Total ISFD Contributions
Solar Rural Electrification Project in Aftout Elchargui Zone