Committing to the Early Years, the Foundation for Growth

In 2013, I was confronted by the realization of my country’s situation at a 156_info_1024_x_512parliamentarian workshop organized by UNICEF where I learned about the different forms of malnutrition that we face. There, I discovered that my country, Cameroon, has an overall stunting prevalence of 32% for children under age five. In other words, one in three children under the age of five is affected. I now know of the devastating effects of malnutrition on the health of families, children and adolescents and consequently on the development of our country. As a parliamentarian, I’ve worked to serve my constituency and set up a community health insurance which helps improve the coverage of vulnerable children and young people. These challenges are our daily reality, but I was surprised to see them highlighted by the President of the World Bank in Washington, DC when I traveled there for the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.

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Success story: Ecofys supports World Bank Group to navigate the energy and climate transition

solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-KenueoneOver the past 15 years, the World Bank Groups’ Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) has contributed to reducing over 4 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and created community co-benefits aligned with sustainable development goals (SDGs) for approximately 17.5 million people. Ecofys, a Navigant company and headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has supported the Bank’s efforts and recently presented a retrospective that illustrates the impressive results of the World Bank Groups work.

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World Bank Mobilizes US$200 Million to Combat Cholera in Yemen

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2017 – The World Bank announced today an emergency

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US$200 million grant to support Yemen as it struggles to contain one of the world’s largest cholera outbreaks. This will strengthen the country’s health, water and sanitation systems, addressing the source of the epidemic and improving systems to prevent future outbreaks.
The integrated support package financed by the new grant will include the training of 7,500 health workers, strengthening the local capacity to treat and manage cholera cases, provision of bulk chlorination of water supplies, rehabilitation of critical wastewater treatment plants, supporting mass communication and social mobilization campaigns, and supporting one the largest ever cholera vaccine campaigns aiming to reach millions of Yemenis. Continue reading

eC2:Consulting Services for Design and Development of a Transport Data Management System to Monitor Corridor Performance

Deadline: 08-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The project will finance consulting services for the design and initial implementation of the TDMS on Corridor Vc (prototype version). The project includes refining the design based on the implementation experience and developing a master plan for rolling out the system in the Western Balkans. The roll out of the TDMS system will constitute the second phase of this project and is not part of the scope of this activity. The TDMS will utilize a combination of data from computerized sources (such as vehicle tracking systems) and manual reports from various data providers.

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NL & World Bank Events, Fall 2017

Welcome back from vacation! We have been gearing up for a busy next couple of months logo-wb-header-enwith the Annual Meetings just around the corner as well as a couple of World Bank Group & Netherlands collaboration mission/events on the way.  We understand that getting back into the swing of things after a vacation filled August can be tough…that is why we have compiled all the events relevant to and with involvement of the Netherlands below. Contact us if you are interested or plan on attending any of the events.

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eC2: Technical Consultant (individual) to support the WBG/IFC project on Sustainable Energy Financing of India MSMEs

Deadline: 06-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

The overall objective will be to support the EcoCities Project SME EE Finance component, to facilitate EE/RE financing for MSMEs by working with financial institutions and other key stakeholders, in the identified cities, resulting in an increase in EE loans to MSMEs.

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eC2: CGAP business models for scaling digital financial services (DFS) in agricultural value chains

Deadline: 05-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

CGAP is seeking a firm to assess the provision of digital financial services (DFS) in the cocoa, coffee, cashew, rubber and cotton value chains in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The objective of this assessment is to:

1. Estimate the costs and benefits of utilizing DFS along agricultural value chains;
2. Identify pain points in the delivery and use of DFS;
3. Propose business models that would improve the value proposition of DFS for smallholders, agribusinesses, and financial service providers

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eC2: External Evaluation of Danube Water Program

Deadline: 03-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The World Bank is commissioning an external evaluation of the Danube Water Program (DWP) on behalf of the DWP Steering committee. The external evaluation will review progress against the results outlined in the DWP Work-plan and overall Program’s objective of supporting institutional capacity building and the development of regulatory and policy instruments in the water supply and wastewater sector in participating countries in the Danube region. Qualified candidates with at least 10 years of professional experience in program and/or policy design and evaluation (relevant experience includes project or program reviews, audits or evaluations in the area of international development) are invited to express interest and submit an updated CV. The work is expected to be undertaken by mid-November 2017, so interested candidates must be fully available from first week in September to engage full-time in the assignment. Please see TOR for more details.

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World Bank Group, ITU and CPMI launch ‘Financial Inclusion Global Initiative’

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27 July 2017, Geneva – A new global program to advance research in digital finance and accelerate digital financial inclusion in developing countries, the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative, has been launched by the World Bank Group, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The three-year program focuses on three different “model” developing countries – China, Egypt and Mexico – and consists of two complementary operational and knowledge work streams.

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