Ecuador Sustainable Family Farming Modernization Project

The World Bank Board of Directors will discuss the Ecuador Sustainable Family Farming Modernization Project on Tuesday, July 14. The project involves a total of $128 million, of which $80 million will be provided by the World Bank.

The project development objective is to enhance incomes of small and medium sized farm households by supporting more productive and climate-smart use for land and water.

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Tunisia Road Transport Corridors Project

The World Bank’s Board of Directors will soon be discussing the proposed Tunisia Road Transport Corridors Project. This project involves a total of $231 million, of which $200 million is provided by the World Bank.

The Project Development Objectives are (i) to reduce transportation cost and time and improve road safety on select road corridors between lagging regions in Tunisia and more developed areas and (ii) strengthen the Ministry of Equipment’s capacity in road asset management.

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World Bank project pipeline per region

Curious about future World Bank projects in the geographic region you are active in? Interested in knowing how much will be invested by the World Bank in a particular country? Want to know the pipeline of projects, with information on the project amount, the main sectors and themes, and the link to the project website?

Last week we published the pipeline projects Image result for pipelineper sector, but since then have been asked to provide the information per region too, as some organizations have a specific regional focus and expertise.

The information is currect per June 29, 2015. Not all projects may ultimately be approved by the Board of Directors.

Pipeline Africa (total pipeline: $8.315 billion)

Pipeline East Asia & Pacific (total pipeline: $15.606 billion)

Pipeline Europe & Central Asia (total pipeline: $10.574 billion)

Pipeline Latin America & Caribbean (total pipeline: $10.257 billion)

Pipeline Middle East & North Africa (total pipeline: $2.415 billion)

Pipeline South Asia (total pipeline: $10.419 billion)

Netherlands, Bangladesh and World Bank agree to protect Bangladesh delta

Original article posted on Netherlands Government website (in Dutch) on June 16.

Ministers Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and Melanie Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and Environment) have signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank Group to protect the Bangladesh delta against flooding and to ensure sufficient clean drinking water and sanitation. The Netherlands and Bangladesh will also collaborate in the field of land reclamation and port development. The Bangladesh lowlands form the largest delta of Asia and the world’s most densely populated area that faces serious water challenges (remainder in Dutch).

Learn more about the plan at http://www.bandudeltas.org/.

Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100

De samenwerking moet resulteren in het Bangladesh partnershipBangladesh Delta Plan 2100, een langetermijnvisie met niet alleen technische oplossingen maar ook een investeringsplan, inclusief private participatie, en een goede bestuurlijke inbedding. Op die manier kan het, met behoud van de unieke biodiversiteit en  fysische eigenschappen van de delta, bijdragen aan het doel van Bangladesh om in 2021 een midden-inkomensland te zijn.

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Heineken & IFC collaborate to expand Rwanda’s Bralirwa Brewery

On April 22, the World Bank Board of Directors approved a $25 million IFC investment in Brasserie et Limonaderies du Rwanda Ltd. (“Bralirwa”). Bralirwa is the leading beer brewer in Rwanda with more than six beer brands and seven Coca-Cola brands, and is owned for 75% by Heineken N.V., one of the largest brewers in the world.

The IFC’s senior loan is part of a larger Bralirwainvestment of $50 million that supports the company’s capacity expansion program over the next few years.

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eConsultant2: 2030 Water Resources Group: Knowledge Exchange – South Africa

In addition to knowledge-sharing through analytical work and case studies, 2030 WRG leverages its growing network of country partners to foster in-person exchange of knowledge and ideas. In the past, this has been achieved through dedicated 2030 WRG partner days at major events such as World Water Week. Later this year, we plan to expand this via an exchange to South Africa. The intention of this event is to enhance the sharing of knowledge and building of capacity around specific thematic topics. The purpose of selecting South Africa is to learn from the countrys efforts to address municipal water losses and mine-water management, topics which come up across a number of 2030 WRG country partnerships.

See full tender here: #1100305 2030 Water Resources Group – Knowledge Exchange – South Africa

Specific objectives of the exchange are to:
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eConsultant2: Vietnam Technical Support Flood Risk and Water Management Project

The World Bank is looking for a consulting firm to provide guidance to the clients project preparation consultant and review the outputs generated by the clients consultant in the following aspects:

  1. hydrodynamic modeling of the Phan River Basin built by the consultant already engaged by the client;
  2. feasibility study of the project, especially the sections related to alternative analysis, hydraulic structures, pump station layout and selection of pumps, economic analysis;
  3. consistence among the feasibility study report, environmental impact assessment report, and resettlement action plan, as well as other project documents that may be reviewed.

See full tender here: #1189860 Vietnam Technical Support Flood Risk and Water Management Project

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Sesame Street at the World Bank – Sanitation & Hygiene

A week ago, on June 17, Sesame Street’s Raya and Count von Count were at the World Bank to talk to policy makers and children alike about the need for toilets, good sanitation, proper hygiene and how children can play a vital role in the behavioral change so desperately needed to make an impact.

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Public procurement in the context of natural disasters

Original blog published by Felipe Goya on the World Bank website.

Nepal is coping with the consequences of a disastrous earthquake. During the next months the government will be under a lot of pressure to respond quickly to the needs of the population.

Public procurement units across the Volunteers unload relief materials in Nepalcountry will also feel this pressure. They will be deciding over the purchase of goods and services with taxpayer money. On the one hand, the purchases are urgently needed. On the other, there is a risk that taxpayer money can be wasted if decisions are taken too hastily.

One instrument that can be helpful in this kind of situation is a framework agreement. This should be part of any country’s Disaster Risk Management plan. Its aim is to have a procurement system ready that responds quickly to an emergency. But this quick response should not increase risks beyond what policymakers have defined as acceptable. Special procurement procedures for emergencies should be part of disaster management systems and should especially include tailored framework agreements.

Specific considerations:

  • Delivery capacity
  • Price speculation

Read the full article at http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/shaping-procurement-plan-emergencies?CID=EXT_TWBN_D_EXT.

 

Interns Netherlands embassy visit the WBG

On Tuesday, June 16, the interns and trainees of the Netherlands embassy in Washington, DC visited the World Bank Group. The nine Masters-degree students, with interests ranging from security to communications, and agriculture to legal affairs, met with the Dutch Executive Director Mr Frank Heemskerk. The ED discussed his work – which he explains as 1/3 Board work, 1/3 outreach to his constituency countries (13 in total), and 1/3 outreach to the private sector – and challenged the students to come with ideas to better communicate the work of the World Bank to the Dutch private sector, parliament, academia, NGOs and the general population: “So much is being achieved by the World Bank, and so little of it is seen, recognized and acknowledged by the people.”

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