New World Bank Assistrance Strategy Palestinian territories approved

On Thursday, October 30, the World Bank Group endorsed a new assistance strategy for the Palestinian territories. The new strategy focuses on supporting state building through service delivery and job creation.

“The Strategy will balance short-term stabilization and Gaza reconstruction activities with operations and analysis that promote sustainable growth,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, who just returned from the Palestinian territories. “We are keen on developing longer-term opportunities to unleash the Palestinian entrepreneurial spirit, engine for growth with social justice,” continued Andersen.

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Kenya Water Security & Climate Resilience Project

Although Kenya is experiencing a strong, yet uneven, decade of growth and absolute poverty has declined, Kenya’s economy is still vulnerable to erratic climate patterns and a fragile natural resource base, including limited water availability. Kenya’s people and the economy are highly vulnerable to these erratic climatic patterns and limited water availability due to their reliance on key sectors (agriculture, tourism, hydro-energy, etc.) that depend on rainfall and water availability.

The Kenyan government has planned a large-scale water investment program to address these challenges and has requested the World Bank support these ambitious plans for the water sector through the Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Program (KWSCRP). The first phase, KWSCRP-1 was approved by IDA in June 2013, and now phase 2 (KWSCRP-2) is proposed. KWSCRP-2 is at this moment a pipeline project and its board date is unknown. Continue reading

China Municipal Solid Waste Project

Municipal solid waste (MSW) management is a growing concern for China’s cities. With  China’s rapid economic development, urbanization, and rising standards of living, the quantity of MSW collected and transported has increased more than five-fold nationwide from about 85 thousand tons per day in 1980 to about 430 thousand tons per day in 2009 and is projected to reach 1.6 million tons per day in 2030. No country has ever experienced as large and rapid an increase in waste generation.
The project will build capacity in two “demonstration cities”, namely Kunming, Yunnan Province, and Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. The total project cost is $32.91 million

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Netherlands and World Bank Group Join Forces for Clean Water & Sanitation

The Netherlands has had an intimate relationship with water for centuries. The fact is that large parts of the country are below sea level and if it didn’t focus on water research and technology the country would submerge. As a result of this relationship, the Netherlands is one of the most sophisticated countries when it comes to living and working with water, and solving the challenges that arise from it. This year, the country received that acknowledgement from the World Bank.

Signing Water MoUDuring this year’s World Bank annual meetings the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this end in Washington, D.C.

“Water is a Dutch policy priority,” said Ms. Ploumen. “This initiative confirms that the Netherlands has what it takes to successfully tackle the growing global challenges. It is a great opportunity for our country – together with Dutch businesses and knowledge institutions – to enhance its role as a global pioneer.”

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Transport Specialist / Highway Engineer in Tanzania

The World Banks Transport and ICT Global Practice is looking for a highly organized, energized and experienced individual Short Term Consultant (STC) to serve as Transport Specialist/Highway Engineer based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The candidate will participate primarily in the Banks transport sector work and operations in Tanzania.
See full tender here: Transport Specialist or Highway Engineer – Tanzania.

Deadline: October 26, 2014

Do’s and Dont’s

1. Make use of the services provided by the Dutch government: World Bank liaisons

2. Elevator pitch (different from Sales Pitch, which is a don’t!)

3. Schedule a follow up (in person, by phone or by e-mail)do

4. Gain knowledge on project procedures and guidelines documents/cycles

5. Research speaker(s): the World Bank is a multicultural environment.

6. Identify specific interests, purpose and deliverables for your visit

7. Ask questions


1. Make a sales pitch / sell products

2. Expect contracts and/or donations on the spotdont

3. Be general about intentions and interests

4. Expect quick wins; working with the World Bank takes patience and endurance

5. Cancel meetings last minute

6. Come to the meeting without knowledge of the World Bank (and its structure)

7. Distribute handouts (send an email with attachment afterwards instead)


If you have any questions or need advice to prepare for your meeting(s) please contact the World Bank Liaison officers at the Netherlands embassy here


World Bank tenders

Ever wondered where you can find World Bank project tenders?

The two sources provided by the World Bank are e-Consultant2 for all the corporate procurement tenders, and the World Bank project page for country executed projects.
Other sources that can be used to find tenders are Devex, Devbusiness and dgMarket. These are independently run websites that provide a clear overview of the available tenders of almost all the IFI’s, not necessarily only the World Bank.

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Ploumen pledges 16 million euros to combat Ebola

The Netherlands Minister for Development Aid and International Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, pledged an additional 16 million euros to fight the Ebola outbreak in West-Africa. This is in addition to the 18 million pledged Ploumenearlier, and the use of the Dutch navy frigate Karel Doorman. Additionally, the customs regulations will be streamlined to ensure that aid deliveries will be efficient: “The quicker we can tackle the Ebola outbreak at the source, the better it is for the world. Each dollar we spend now, is a savings in the long run.”

Read the full article, in Dutch, here: