Leading role for the Netherlands in World Bank food investments

Article published on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website


The Netherlands is to take a leading role at the World Bank in tackling severe hunger. Because of the prominent position of Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes in the area of efficient and sustainable food production, the Netherlands has been asked to advise the Bank on food projects in developing countries. Development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen will be signing an agreement this Thursday with the World Bank at a summit conference in Rotterdam.

‘Everyone should have access to a sufficient supply of healthy and safe food,’ Ms Ploumen said. ‘The Dutch agriculture and horticulture sector has the know-how to boost crop yields and cut costs, while lightening the burden on the environment. Together with the World Bank, we can deploy our solutions worldwide.’ Much of the partnership will focus on knowledge-sharing by the business community, knowledge institutions, civil society organisations and government. Dutch experts will also be enlisted in an array of projects and the Netherlands will provide training courses and workshops on topics like safe food chains and sustainable farming.

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Netherlands, World Bank Group Partner to Transform the Agricultural Sector: New partnership to mobilize knowledge and innovation

Article published on the World Bank website May 21.

The Netherlands and the World Bank Group today signed a “Food for All” partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to increase knowledge, support job creation, and secure the long-term sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. “Food for All’’ will bring together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

“Working in partnerships is critical in the multi-stakeholder context of food and agriculture,” said Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands. “This partnership between the World Bank and the Netherlands will provoke inclusive, innovative and knowledge-intensive forms of cooperation. Together we address the needs of malnourished people and effectively contribute to a zero hunger world.”

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Carbon Pricing Is Expanding: Initiatives Now Valued at Nearly $50 Billion

World Bank News item published May 26th, 2015.
  • The new Carbon Pricing Watch compiles the latest data on formal carbon pricing initiatives around the world. Several carbon taxes and one of the world’s largest emissions trading systems started in the past year and a half, and more are planned in the coming years.
  • The new and existing systems are also evolving. California and Quebec linked their markets. China has been learning from its seven local carbon markets as it plans for a national emissions trading system.

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RVO Event

The event will be held in the Netherlands and has been advertised in Dutch, sorry for the inconvience.

Op 10 juni a.s. vindt er in Den Haag een evenement plaats ter voorbereiding van de World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, georganiseerd door RVO.nl in samenwerking met de Verenigde Naties (o.a. OCHA) en het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. Doel van deze bijeenkomst is Nederlandse private partijen de kans te bieden om (innovatieve) ideeën, initiatieven en lopende activiteiten ten aanzien van rampen en crises te bespreken en mogelijke partners voor samenwerking te vinden.

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Minister Ploumen’s Speech at the Post 2015 Development Finance Forum in Rotterdam


published: News item | 21-05-2015 | 13:09

Minister Ploumen’s Speech at the Post 2015 Development Finance Forum in Rotterdam

This year, the global community will set a new global development agenda that builds on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals. But the Sustainable Development Goals go further and will require more money to achieve. We need to change the way we think about how we finance development—Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen’s speech at the 2015 Development Finance Forum May 21, 2015, Rotterdam zooms in on this Finance Challenge

Minister Ploumen at Rotterdam Finance Development Forum

Minister Ploumen at Rotterdam Finance Development Forum

Global Survey of Scalable Business Models for Alternative Biomass Cooking Fuels

See full tender here: #1179325 Global Survey of Scalable Business Models for Alternative Biomass Cooking Fuels and their potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

Expression of Interest Deadline: 04-Jun-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (EST)

eConsultant2 website: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org

Tender notification: # 1179325

Assignment Countries:

  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Madagascar

Impact Evaluation of grid-based rural electrification program in Lao PDR – Global Status of Energy Access Report (SEAR)

See full tender here: #1183180 Impact Evaluation of grid-based rural electrification program in Lao

Expression of Interest Deadline: 04-Jun-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (EST)

eConsultant2 website: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org

Tender notification: # 1183180

Assignment Countries:

• LA – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

This Week – 68th World Health Assembly – Follow events!

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the largest health policy meeting in the world and the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization. Held annually in Geneva, Switzerland, the decisions and outcomes from WHA guide the health agenda around the world that could impact your health in the future.

For the second year, WHO and the UN Foundation are partnering to bring you World Health +SocialGood from May 18-22, 2015. Building upon the success from last year, this five-day digital event is your pass to the 68th World Health Assembly. Every day at 16:00CEST/10am EST, through a daily live, one-hour broadcast, World Health +SocialGood will provide insight into the major happenings of each day at the World Health Assembly, while also offering exclusive, original content and interactive conversations with experts about key health issues under discussion.

Be sure to tune-in, submit your questions using #SocialGood AND #WHA68 and make YOUR voice heard on health issues that matter most to you. Follow @Plus_SocialGood on Twitter for the latest updates.

Click any of the links to follow the events and learn more by listening to interviews!



Online Course on Public- Private-Partnerships

This course provides an understanding of the key principles of PPPs and the role of PPPs in the delivery of infrastructure services, particularly in emerging markets. Participants will learn from practitioners, government officials, and academics with field experience, hearing firsthand about the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining infrastructure services through effective PPPs.

Cost: Free

Start/End date: June 1 – June 27

Instructors: Fernanda Ruiz Nuñez ; Jane Jamieson ; Dianne Rudo

Language: English

Time: 2-4 hours/week

More information and sign up can be found here