Event : Transforming Transportation 2015

Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Bank. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local government, finance institutions, foundations, civil society, and business to discuss the latest global trends, experiences, and best practices in sustainable transport.customLogo

This year’s conference will focus on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities. Through panels, presentations, and networking opportunities, discussions at Transforming Transportation 2015 will address how the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance, and international financial flows.

Transforming Transportation 2015 will take place January 15 – 16, 2015 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Netherlands – World Bank Luncheon

This afternoon, on Tuesday the December 2nd, the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC organized a Netherlands – World Bank luncheon. The Dutch private sector, World Bank Group Staff, the Dutch Executive Director’s office and Embassy staff came together to talk about doing business with the World Bank, with speeches by mr. Job van den Berg, Deputy Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy, the Executive Director to the World Bank Group mr. Frank Heemskerk and the advisor to Frank Heemskerk, mr. Daan Marks.

In case you missed the luncheon, below you can view the speech by Mr. Frank Heemskerk:

And here’s the speech by Mr. Daan Marks:

And for your convenience we’ve also attached the presentation by mr. Frank Heemskerk and mr. Daan Marks.

Zambia Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project

The Kariba Dam and Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) was constructed across the Zambezi River between 1956 and 1959 and has been central to energy security and supporting economic development in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kariba Reservoir supplies water to two underground hydropower stations located on the North (left) bank in Zambia and on the South (right) bank in Zimbabwe.

After 50 years of operation and serving the southern African region, the Kariba Dam now requires a series of rehabilitation works for its continued safe operation. These works include: 1.a) the design, fabrication and installation of an emergency spillway gate and a new gantry to prevent uncontrolled loss of water in the event of floodgate failure; 1.b) the refurbishment of the upstream emergency gate / stop-beam guides and replacement of secondary concrete to secure their smooth operation and, 2) reshaping of the plunge pool downstream of the dam to limit scouring and erosion that could potentially undermine the dam foundations, leading to dam failure. Continue reading

Myanmar Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project

Update: Project Appraisal Document now available!

Myanmar is a land and water rich country. Providing reliable access to water of good quality at an affordable price creates economic opportunities. The program development objective for the Series of Projects (of which the AIRBM will be the first) is to strengthen integrated, climate resilient management and development of the Ayeyarwady River Basin and national water resources.

The project design includes three interrelated investment components plus a contingency component to allow for rapid reallocation of funds if emergencies arise.

Development Objective

The program development objective for the Series of Projects (of which the AIRBM will be the first) is to strengthen integrated, climate resilient management and development of the Ayeyarwady River Basin and national water resources. Continue reading

Second quarterly newsletter published

On December 2, the second quarterly newsletter ‘NL for World Bank’ was published. This edition features a word of welcome, and some advice, from Mr. Daan Marks, advisor to the Netherlands Executive Director. Also, it highlights the most important blog posts of the last quarter, including ‘Who you gonna call?‘ and ‘World Bank Tenders‘, the agenda for the coming quarter, a spotlight on various important articles on the World Bank, and a radio interview with the Dutch World Bank Country Director for India, Mr. Onno Ruhl.

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Going local: a mission to Senegal and Ghana

By Daan Marks, advisor to the Dutch Executive Director at the World Bank

Traveling always makes me reflect on my life and Daan Markssurroundings. When I travel to Belgium (which is not too often), I realize that the Dutch transportation system is actually pretty good. Now that I live in the US, I have come to realize how efficient the Dutch public sector actually is. Last September I traveled to Senegal and Ghana and it made me realize how privileged I am to have a toilet. It is just a different dimension. The face of extreme poverty, and inequality, is obviously confronting. It is also frustrating to see that mismanagement and corruption put a halt on much needed social and economic development.

The economic perspective

Recent GDP figures show that the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa are generally on the rise (or ‘Africa rising’, as some have dubbed it). I think this picture is somewhat misleading. Given the very low starting point and rampant population growth, African countries need these high growth rates to raise living standards above subsistence levels, while absorbing the growing labor force. My guess is that GDP per capita growth is much less impressive, and that figures on GDP per worker do not show significant productivity growth. Simultaneously, the challenges remain immense: poverty figures are still shockingly high in many countries, the outbreak of Ebola shows the lack of capacity in the poorest countries, conflict and fragility continue to hamper economic development in Mali, Central African Republic and South Sudan and uneven growth and therefore rising inequality are leading to increased social instability.

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Energy Water Development Program – Central Asia

The World Bank wants to evaluate the Central Asia Energy and Water Development Program (CAEWDP).

The objective of the evaluation will be two fold under the overall purpose of improving the development results of the CAEWDP Program and increasing its impact in building energy and water security in Central Asia.

The first objective is to evaluate the implementation of the first phase of the CAEWDP Program (SECO Seed Single Donor Trust Fund), as initially envisaged. The assessment will review baseline, analytic and advisory activities, and completed activities against targets specified in the trust fund agreement. Continue reading