The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced gender inequalities around the world

 
COVID-19 has seriously impacted the global progress towards gender equality, with women around the world continuing to face laws and restrictions that hinder their economic opportunity, according to the latest Women, Business and the Law 2021. Reforming laws toward gender equality must be a priority as governments look to recover from COVID-19.
 
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eC2: Electric Vehicles demand mapping in Indonesia

Deadline:  08-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

  • Preliminary Description of Tasks:
  • The Consultant is expected to carry out the following activities:
  • Module 1: Market assessment and demand mapping for various forms of electric vehicles
  • Module 2: Batteries Demand Mapping & Assessment
  • Module 3: Charging infrastructure assessment
  • Module 4: Regulatory and incentive mapping
  • Module 5: Financing and business models
  • Module 6: Roadmap / Action Plan including Legal, Regulatory, policy, Institutional, Procedural and Recommendations
  • Module 7: Identification of e-mobility Investment Opportunities for IFC in Indonesia

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India: Rural women go digital to manage the pandemic’s disruptions

 

Muskanben Vohara and her group of women weavers in Gujarat’s Anand district were women-artisans-members-from-barara-village-of-patan-districts-doing-traditional-painting-on-cloth-to-prepare-for-embroidery-for-sewa-hansiba-product._overcome with worry when the lockdown was announced to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

eC2: PROBLUE Project Coordinator for Cabo Verde

Deadline: 08-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) blue_recovery_world_bank_environment

Task 1: Support the WBG team on the development and coordination of the PROBLUE project. The consultant should provide on-the-ground support, project coordination, and logistics for the WB team. This should cover elements related but not limited to organization of meetings, outreach, communication with stakeholders, as well as providing with local knowledge. Specifically, the consultant will: Serve as the WBG main focal point vis-à-vis the Ministry the Tourism and Transport and the private sector.
Act as a liaison to help set up meetings and ensure smooth conduct of meetings (
Ensure flow of information and documents between counterparts.

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Tracking an Unprecedented Year for Businesses, Everywhere

 

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Woman worker in leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia

Woman worker in leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia

  • Nearly every business in the world has been affected by COVID-19—in different ways. While one-fourth of companies saw sales falling 50 percent in October-January from pre-pandemic levels, a third said their sales increased or stayed the same.
  • To capture the impact of the pandemic on firms’ performance, the World Bank launched ongoing surveys with more than 120,000 firms in over 60 countries. The assessment is expected to help inform recovery efforts.
  • Developing countries have introduced multiple support programs, but businesses most affected by the shock—small firms and those in poorer countries—were the least likely to receive government support.

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Prevent the next food crisis now

 

Firms and workers continue to be deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as it enters its dominic_chavez_ifc_rwanda_2019 eleventh month. Building on insights from COVID-19 Business Pulse Surveys, the first blog post in this series described the implications of the crisis for firm sales, employment, and financial performance, while the second discussed record levels of uncertainty and firms’ coping strategies, including adoption of digital technology. This third and final part of the series focuses on public policy responses.

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eC2: Impacts of Natural Disasters on the Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral and Fisheries Sectors in Central Africa

Deadline:    01-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

1. Develop a diagnosis on damage and losses caused by natural disasters in agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries/aquaculture sectors of ECCAS Member States since 2010. This report should present on one hand types of damages and losses per types of natural hazards and highlight on the other hand the relative importance of products by value (export vs food security), and finally how the sectors (agriculture and fisheries/aquaculture) provided access to food and livelihoods during and after the disasters. This task will be undertaken thru a desk review and consultative interviews/ survey of the agriculture/fisheries and aquaculture and disaster risk management Focal Points of the Member States.
2. Prepare a guide on national and international existing mechanisms such as climate smart agriculture practices etc, based on good practices, to strengthen and build the livelihoods of rural populations affected by natural disasters in Member States.
3. Identify agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries/aquaculture sectors specific needs for hydrometeorological (Hydromet) services to build resilience and capacity to reduce the effects of natural disasters. This task will be completed by consultative interviews/ survey of the agriculture/fisheries and aquaculture focal points.
4. Based on the diagnosis, on identified mechanisms and sectoral Hydromet needs, propose recommendations for a resilient agriculture and building the livelihoods of rural populations affected by natural disasters in ECCAS region.

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Matching climate change ambition with collective action

Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over 1 billion matching-climate-change-ambition-collective-action-1140x500people, continues to suffer some of the worst consequences of a changing climate. In 2019, we saw the catastrophic impacts of Cyclone Idai on millions of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, and in 2020, locusts caused widespread food insecurity in the amidst of a global pandemic.

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Recap: The impact of the pandemic on woman and girls.

 

Evidence from outbreaks similar to COVID-19 indicates that women and girls can be affected in particular ways, and in some areas, face more negative impacts than men. In fact, there is a risk that gender gaps could widen during and after the pandemic and that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment and voice and agency, built over the past decades, could be reversed. The World Bank Group is working to ensure that projects responding to COVID-19 consider the pandemic’s different impacts on men and women.

COVID-19 spurs big changes in Pakistan’s education

 

worldbank_teleschool_artwork_-_copyPakistan’s schools are reopening again today after a nearly uninterrupted 11-month hiatus.  In March 2020, the Government of Pakistan closed all schools as part of a nationwide lockdown, prompting the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFE&PT) to seek education alternatives to ensure learning continuity.

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