Making a better poverty map

The digital economy is transforming how data is collected, processed and used for poverty%20map%20hand%20drawn_Page_3.pngevidence-based decisions to monitor and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Promising new methods that combine traditional household survey data with non-traditional data sources (such as mobile phone data, satellite data and text data) are creating opportunities to map poverty at a higher resolution and scale. Nonetheless, significant technical, practical and ethical challenges still hamper the operationalization of these methods.

“The careful combination of ground truth surveys with an abundance of big data increases—not decreases—the value of surveys.”
Marshall Burke

eC2: Agricultural Technologies and Supply Chain Innovations (AgTech) Project. Use Case 2: Digitally Enhanced Agricultural Extension Service Delivery

Deadline: 29-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)agriculture-youth

IFC is seeking to introduce IT based solutions that help its agribusiness clients to increase the number of farmers they reach cost-effectively with consistent extension messages. IFC intends to contract a Consulting Firm who will use communication technologies to deliver standard and localized extension messages to Smallholder Farmers (SHFs) and agents participating in the AgTech project. This approach primarily entails the use of digital tools to deliver extension trainings and to receive feedback from trainees, thereby improving service and the quality of information delivered to SHFs. The required digital solution would be the use of videos integrating other communication channels, such as radio, mobile applications, SMS, and interactive voice response for the delivery of localized and consistent extension messages to SHFs/ agents.
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Understanding the “new rurality” in Latin America and what it means to the water and sanitation sector

Despite the urbanization trends seen in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), it seems 23845439171_fb7b1102e1_othat the rural population in LAC is decreasing in relative terms. In 2001, official figures indicated that 125 million people in LAC resided in rural areas representing 24% of the total LAC population. In 2013, this value decreased to 21% (130 million out of a total population of 609 million inhabitants), and it is estimated that by 2030, the rural population will decrease to represent 16.5% of the total (CEPAL, 2014).

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New country classifications by income level: 2019-2020

Updated country income classifications for the World Bank’s 2020 fiscal year are available World Bank buildinghere.

The World Bank classifies the world’s economies into four income groups — high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low. We base this assignment on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita (current US$) calculated using the Atlas method. The classification is updated each year on July 1st.

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eC2: Market Study for a Business Plan Competition to promote Jobs Growth in the SME sector in Mozambique

Deadline: 06-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) greencompetitiveness

This market study will produce new information and data about the jobs growth potential and constraints faced by the Mozambican SMEs that will be of use to this project and more in general to the Lets Work Partners and other development programs working in the labor demand agenda in Mozambique.
The main objective of this consultancy is to estimate potential appetite of firms (SMEs) and entrepreneurs for a Business Plan Competition type of intervention, promoted under a project of the Government of Mozambique (supported by the World Bank)that seeks to increase empowerment, access to education, and employment opportunities for targeted youth. hence investment-retained in response to project interventions.
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eC2: Urban Flood Resilience Plans in Select Indonesian Cities: Risk-Informed Urban Design and Investment Options for Protection Measures

Deadline: 31-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Bangladeshi villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankment

The World Bank is supporting Indonesia to address critical disaster resilience needs in Indonesian cities. The conceptual framework for a national urban flood resilience program is being finalized and will outline the institutional, regulatory, financial, and technical needs for urban flood risk investments in selected Indonesian cities. A baseline analysis of urban flood risks and high-priority investment gaps identified 5 potential pilot cities. This technical assignment will support 3 of these cities to develop urban flood resilience strategies and investment options, including innovative structural/non-structural measures and nature-based/green solutions through a risk-informed urban design approach, flood hazard assessment, and stakeholder engagement. The consultant is expected to comprise a multi-disciplinary urban planning and design, flood risk engineering, landscape architecture, environmental and social management, and disaster risk management team; including international and national experts.

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eC2: Diagnostic study on marine litter prevention, especially relating to plastics, in coastal

Deadline: 01-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) eu-plastic-regels-2019

The World Bank is looking to recruit a consultancy firm to carry out a diagnostic study on marine pollution/plastic debris prevention in coastal Kenya. The consultancy has the following objectives:

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eC2: A Roadmap for Developing the Wholesale Power Market in India.

Deadline: 27-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) photo-power-plant

The three priority areas that need to be addressed are: increase liquidity in the short-term trade; adequate mechanisms to support integration of large scale variable renewable energy (VRE) and inclusion of frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) in the wholesale market. The Ministry of Power, Government of India, has therefore decided to prepare a Roadmap for Developing the Wholesale Power Market in India with a focus to assess the current power market scenario in India, review of international experience and prepare a phased plan to support the transition of Indian power market. This transition is expected to cover all three facets discussed briefly above, namely, (a) enhance the volume and percentage of trade in the short-term market relative to long-term counterparts while moving from a regulated regime to a near real-time, (b) support the overall objective of increasing the mix of green energy in the grid and optimizing dispatch, and (c) develop co-optimized FCAS market to ensure the market retains the security of the power system. The assignment would also cover design of appropriate financial instruments to support the new market mechanism and replace traditional power purchase agreements (PPA)/Feed-in Tariffs for renewables and the related policy and regulatory changes. The Ministry of Power has requested the World Bank to support this activity.
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eC2: Advisory of Sustainable and Smart Cities Solutions in LAC

Deadline: 20-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Smart-Cities-All-you-need-to-know

The objective of this consultancy is two-fold. Prepare a pre-feasibility study to explore electric bus and other technological solutions and alternatives for the cities of Cali, Colombia and San Jose, Costa Rica in order to reduce the GHG emission of the transport sector of the cities. In addition, assist the cities to implement EDGE certification pilots for sustainable buildings.

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