Record Number of Economies Carried Out Business Reforms in Past Year: Doing Business

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2016db17-reportA record 137 economies around the world have adopted key reforms that make it easier to start and operate small and medium-sized businesses, says Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, the World Bank Group’s annual report on the ease of doing business.

The new report finds that developing countries carried out more than 75 percent of the 283 reforms in the past year, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for over one-quarter of all reforms.

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Korea: a model for development of the water and sanitation sector

Can a sustainable water sector be developed simultaneously with a country’s growth? Can the water sector continue to expand and achieve cheonggyecheon_stream-seoul-south_korea.jpgcomprehensive coverage and financial sustainability goals to become a recognized global model for water sector management and performance? Can a country without a single sewer line in 1958 have 90 percent of its wastewater treated by 2012?

The answer is yes! The example is Korea.

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Taking Disaster Risk Management to New Heights

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  • As urbanization rates skyrocket worldwide, cities large and small are grappling with increased disaster risk as infrastructure buckles underneath the weight of rapidly growing populations.
  • In flood-prone Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, public safety officials are working to better protect residents from recurrent flooding, which disproportionately impacts the city’s many makazi holela – unmapped, resource-poor informal settlements.
  • GFDRR is supporting Dar es Salaam’s efforts to secure vulnerable neighborhoods through the Ramani Huria initiative, a community-mapping project that trains university students and local community members on platforms that create open-source maps of the most flood-prone areas of their city. Using novel technologies, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, volunteers better understand vulnerabilities in their community, and put crucial information in the hands of those who need it most.

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Climate-Smart Poultry Farming Brings Prosperity to Kenya’s Smallholders


  • The Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project supports smallholder farmers through new technologies, improved market access and climate-smart agriculture approaches.
  • More than 75% of Kenyans make a living in agriculture.
  • Poultry is recognized for being among the “greenest” meats, using up less resources and emitting less greenhouse gases than larger livestock.

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OUT NOW! Flagship Report: Doing Business

Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, db17-reporta World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 14th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

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Published by RVO “In the Loop” Newsletter

Today an article was published about the NL-4-WorldBank website in theuntitled Netherlands Enterprise Agency newsletter, which is geared towards dutch embassies World Wide.

Below an excerpt of the article, to read the rest click here.

Stay up-to-date! NL-4-WorldBank Website

Are you working with the World Bank? Do you want more information on tenders, developments or the procurement framework? The website NL4Worldbank can be useful to you!


eC2:Undertaking Optima HIV studies and capacity building

Deadline: 07-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Consultant firms will be required to:
a) complete, under leadership of the World bank Task Team Leader, 12 Optima HIV modelling studies using both the allocative efficiency and cascade modelling approaches
b) Support the World Bank and country team in disseminating results of country analyses through academic publication, policy briefs and in-country dialogues
c) Follow up to assess actual changes in allocations
d) Undertake capacity building in Optima HIV

Jointly, these case studies will contribute economic, health impact and epidemiological evidence to the overarching question of improving the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV responses in these countries and building the global evidence base for better allocative efficiency.

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World Bank’s Poverty Commission Releases Report on How to Better Measure and Monitor Global Poverty

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WASHINGTON, October 18, 2016 – The World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty has submitted recommendations on how to more comprehensively measure and monitor global poverty in support of the Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.

“The aim of our Report was to improve the way the World Bank monitors poverty. By focusing on changes over time, we can learn, taking account of the potential margins of error, about the evolution of global poverty. The confidence to be placed in these conclusions can be increased by improvements in the methods of analysis and in the underlying data. Outside the World Bank, it is hoped that this report will be of value to everyone engaged in poverty measurement across the world, and be a highly positive force in encouraging partnerships,” said Sir Anthony Atkinson, Lead Author & Chair of the Commission on Global Poverty.

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eC2:Implementation of Childcare Intervention Project in the DRC

Deadline: 08-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)ng-new-health-care-model-launches-in-nigeria-to-improve-women-and-childrens-health-homepage-780x439

The project will set up and manage 90 community-based childcare centers in 90 randomly selected villages in the province of Kongo Central. At least 1260 women with children aged one to five will be recruited in the villages to participate to the project. The intervention will be implemented in close coordination with the Western Growth Poles project and will be evaluated a through randomized control trial. Working under the supervision of the WB, the selected firm will be expected to (i) successfully set up and manage the community-based childcare centers, (ii) work in close collaboration with the Ministry of education, SNV and all the stakeholders, (iii) collaborate with the GIL on the impact evaluation of the intervention.

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eC2: Development of Community Landslides Risk Mitigation

Deadline: 07-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)land-administration-page

The objectives of this assignment are to: i) carry out a Landslide Vulnerability Assessment; ii) identify the policy, legal and institutional constraints in resettlement of vulnerable people and recommend improvements; iii) develop operational procedures and manuals for efficient planning and execution of a national program for landslide risk mitigation including resettlement of people living in high risk areas; and iv) based on the above outcomes, develop a time bound, implementable Community Landslides Risk Mitigation Action Plan.The Government intends to develop an investment proposal for landslides risk mitigation and seek funds from donors to support the program. A secondary objective of this assignment is to produce data, knowledge, and materials required for preparing of such proposal.
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