A Call to Act and Invest for the Future

Global growth has strengthened over the past year, with a recovery in investment, trade, and commodity prices amid supportive global financial conditions. Still, downside risks remain, and prospects for growth vary widely across countries. The World Bank Group is uniquely positioned to help developing countries address the complex challenges that can threaten their gains in an increasingly interconnected global economy.

This was a key message from the Development Committee, a ministerial-level forum of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, in a communiqué issued at the close of the institutions’ Annual Meetings in Washington.

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World Bank Urges Action to Break the Cycle of Poverty from Generation to Generation

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2017 — The social status of one’s parents is as influential today as it was 50 years ago in determining a person’s future, according to early findings from an upcoming World Bank report, Fair Progress? Educational Mobility Around the World. Marking the 25th anniversary of the International Day to Eradicate Poverty, the institution sounded the alarm on a lack of progress since the 1960s in an area that is crucial for reducing poverty and inequality and promoting growth.

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eC2: Process evaluation of Early Child Development accompanying measures to the Safety Nets Program in Niger

Deadline: 02-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489

Objective: The Government of Niger, with support from the World Bank, is currently implementing a Safety Nets Program that provides cash transfers and promotes behavioral change measures conducive to early child development and nutrition.
A process evaluation will assess the fidelity including quality of implementation of the behavioral change component in the second phase of the program. The evaluation will also seek a better understanding of linkages with health, education and civil registration services that work on early child development and how these can be strengthened. The mixed methods approach of the evaluation will entail observations of program activities, as well as focus group discussions and interviews with program actors and beneficiaries. The process evaluation is tentatively planned to be implemented in January/February 2018, with preparatory activities started in 2017.

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Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity

Data-for-Development_cover-image_webData and evidence are the foundation of development policy and effective program implementation, and countries need data to formulate policy and evaluate progress.

At the global level, the World Bank has a strong reputation in development data and has been highly effective in data production. It produces influential, widely used data and cross-country indicators that fill important niches, benchmark countries, and stimulate research and policy action.

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How Should Governments and Development Institutions Engage the Private Sector?

TonyElumeluBlog post by Tony Elumelu ( Entrepreneur and philanthropist )

Across the globe, the private sector has an important role to play in the achievement of the SDGs. With slow global growth and the end of the commodity supply cycle, many governments do not have resources required to fully pursue their development goals. And this is where the resources of the private sector become very critical. Through partnerships, the private and public sector can discover areas of alignment, especially in critical areas such as infrastructure, power, and agriculture, to mention but a few.

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eC2: Health Systems Strengthening for Better Maternal and Child Health Results

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

Objective: The World Bank Group now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. for firms; CV and cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

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eC2: Zambia – Off-grid site identification and prioritization

Deadline: 30-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The proposed activity seeks to first develop new datasets that will enable the identification and prioritization of potential off-grid sites, and faster and more accurate market analysis for public and private stakeholders operating in Zambia. Datasets should include, for example, household locations and indicators on ability to pay, population density and proximity to the national grid, potential for productive uses of electricity and up-to-date data on national electricity grid transmission and distribution line locations. It is expected that these datasets then be used to narrow down geographic areas and priority villages that could be interesting markets for off-grid energy services.

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eC2: Marketing and Communication Firm – Lighting Myanmar Consumer Education Campaign

Deadline: 31-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: To this end, IFC will recruit a marketing/communications firm to design and implement a campaign to educate consumers about the opportunities that quality-verified off-grid solar products present, and assist them in making informed purchasing decisions. The main objective of the campaign is to increase sales of high-quality solar products, to support creation of a sustainable commercial market for these products in Myanmar. The campaign should reach rural consumers primarily, as well as urban consumers at the township level and other stakeholders such as urban-migrated family members of villagers, through a broad range of marketing and public awareness activities tailored to address the specific needs of low income households. The campaign will include multiple delivery channels, drawing on the experience from other Lighting programs and adapting them to the Myanmar market.

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eC2: SME support for promoting climate resilience

climateDeadline:  26-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  IFC is currently implementing the Pilot Project for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh focused on the southern, coastal, polder regions. Under the project, IFC is supporting development an eco-system of private sector enterprises, including SMEs, to promote climate smart technologies and practices. IFC is seeking to recruit a specialized agency in Bangladesh to support capacity building of growth-oriented SMEs and make them climate smart and investor ready to link them with potential impact investors for growth and expansion.

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eC2: Vendor selection for supporting mechanization with smallholder sugarcane farmers under the DSCL and Olam advisory projects

Deadline: 23-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) sugarcane

Objective:  IFC MAS advisory (agribusiness) in South Asia is seeking to recruit a vendor for supporting mechanization with smallholder sugarcane farmers under the ongoing DSCL and Olam advisory projects in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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