World Water Day: Take Action around the World to Tackle a Water Crisis

Today we celebrate World Water Day around the world.WWD17-feature

  • In Marseille, young people are coming together to promote innovative projects by entrepreneurs for recycling water in households, agriculture, industry and the environment, and to focus attention on the shared responsibility to build water security for the future of the Mediterranean Region.
  • In Durban, the UN is launching the 2017 World Water Development Report (WWDR) titled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” and the High Level Panel on Water is unveiling the initiative on “Access to water and sanitation for 10 billion people” to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • In Rome, an unprecedented conversation is happening at the Vatican to shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water.
  • In Indonesia, national television is focusing on good practices in fecal sludge management, highlighting the link between poor sanitation and stunting, and discussing how to meet the country’s target of universal access to water and sanitation by 2019.

World Water Day is about taking action around the world to tackle a water crisis.

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eC2: Advisory services for the development of a 225 MW Nepal hydro project

Deadline: 06-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) HYDRO

IFC Advisory hopes to sign soon an agreement to assist in the development of a 225 MW private hydro project in Nepal. The project is still at the prefeasibility level. The detailed project feasibility study will start sometimes in the spring. IFC Advisory will retain Consultants who will be included in a Panel of expert to review various milestone reports. The Consultant will also be performing certain other tasks. The project is quite challenging, being located at high altitude with no road construction for head works and more than 1400m of head. The assignment should last approximately 14 months

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Improving Vocational Education Brings Opportunities for Young People in Yunnan

Yunnan Province, on China’s southwestern border, is well known for its beautiful natural landscape and rich ethnic culture. Yet it is also one of the country’s poorest provinces. Its per capita GDP in 2010 was only half of the national average. With 84% of mountainous land, the majority of its 45 million people live in rural areas – 1/3 of them belongs to 25 ethnic minority groups.

The labor force in Yunnan generally possesses low levels of education and skills. Most have completed just nine years of compulsory education or less, and professional and technical workers often lack skills certificates.

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World Bank Group – WBG-NL Partnership “Food for All”

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In May 2015, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group 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’’ brings together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

REMINDER: ” Food for all Talks “!  Friday March 24, 2017 (11:00 – 12:30 AM EST in Washington DC || 16:00 – 17:30 pm CET in Netherlands) and can also be attended globally through WebEx .

The agreement focuses on strengthening collaboration in key strategic areas such as food, nutrition and health; inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth with a focus on pro-poor value chains and market transformations that better link farmers to markets; and ecologically sustainable food systems for climate-smart, resilient agriculture.

“Working in partnerships is critical in the multi-stakeholder context of food and agriculture. 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.” 

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands, May 2015

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eC2: Seeds Regulatory Review and Operationalization in Myanmar for Myanmar Agriculture Input Reforms Project

Deadline: 05-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) mozambique_cad-productions_-j_capela_resizednew
WBG is seeking to hire a Firm to review and support needed revisions of the Myanmar Seed Regulatory Framework in order to develop implementing regulations regarding seed certification, licensing and enforcement procedures. As well, the firm shall develop a capacity building program and provide the necessary training to government officials, farmers and members of the private sector.

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Event: “Food for All” Talks

Event date: Friday March 24, 2017 (11:00 – 12:30 AM EST in Washington DC || 16:00 – 17:30 pm CET in Netherlands) and can also be attended globally through WebEx .

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  • Join Using WebEx: Meeting password: mVKNghm3, Meeting number: 733 678 144.
  • Join Using Phone: Toll: 1-650-479-3207, Access code: 733 678 144
  • By Video Conference55791008@worldbank.org, External IP: 192.86.102.202, internal dial-in number 55791008

The Food for All Talks is a series initiated by the World Bank Group-Netherlands Partnership and delivers new insights on strategic issues and operational questions around agriculture and food value chains for the WBG. During the second Talk entitled “Agriculture – Food – Bio Sciences”, Louise Fresco and Shenggen Fan will be interviewed. 

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Unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs in Africa

Walk around a major city in Sub-Saharan Africa and you will quickly realize that women nasikiliza-unleashing-the-potential-of-women-entrepreneurs-in-africa-feature-780x439are a highly visible part of the economy, selling all manner of products and services. In some ways, women are powering the economies of the continent to a greater degree than anywhere else in the world; Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where women make up the majority of self-employed individuals.  

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eC2: CONSULTANCY:TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE PREPARATION OF AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE STUDY

Deadline: 10-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

The objective of this assignment (the Services) is to assist the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to develop a comprehensive storm emergency preparedness and recovery/restoration plan for BEL, and the necessary institutional procedures and protocols for its effective implementation. This is to ensure that the utility is able to recover from any physically damaging incident with minimal time and losses. The plan has to be implemented in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner and be in full compliance with Belizes and the World Banks environmental and social policies and regulations. The specific objectives are: (i) to assess the limitations and capacities of BEL personnel and physical inventory, whether positive or negative, and propose mitigation measures which will effectively address the response time; (ii) identify different alternatives and their potential impacts and relevant mitigation measures; and (iii) to establish clear directives and methodologies for the effective implementation of the plan. The indicative implementation period for the Services is April 2017 August 2018.

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In Nigeria, Fadama is Synonymous with a Decline in Poverty

INYI, March 14, 2017 – In many parts of Africa, a series of laudatory appellations called Fadama Production Grouppraise songs are widely used to capture the essence of the person or object being praised. In the Inyi village community in Oduma, in Nigeria’s Enugu State, the Fadama project has earned its own praise song.

Inyi women gather in the village hall, dancing and chanting in unison: “Fadama – Ubiam eri mbombo ozo” orin English, “Fadama – poverty has run away, there is no more poverty.”

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eC2: Community Mapping Facilitation and Training for Tanzania Urban Flood Risk Exposure

Deadline: 10-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water
To extend the community mapping planning, training, coordination and analytical support of the Ramani Huria program of Tanzania into a new phase for 2017 2019. Support to 200+ university students on placement in industry program in deploying openstreetmapping with local government and communities in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza with a focus on unplanned and flood-prone urban environments. 

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