The World Bank opened a new global network in Nairobi on 22 February to provide greater assistance to more than 30 conflict-affected countries, most of which are in Africa and the Middle East.

The Global Centre on Conflict, Security and Development will help to assimilate and coordinate knowledge-sharing and support among the global network of agencies which assist countries affected by civil strife.

The institution's managing director for operations Caroline Anstey, who opened the centre in Kenya, said "Our Nairobi