The 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: an all-new visual guide to data and development

sdg-atlas-2018-cover-400px“The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public goods available; we need to make them understandable to a general audience.

When both the public and policy makers share an evidence-based view of the world, real advances in social and economic development, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), become possible.” – Shanta Devarajan

We’re pleased to release the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 180 maps and charts, the new publication shows the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

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eC2: Sustainable Lowland Agriculture in Indonesia

Deadline:  11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) indonesia

This study forms an important part of the World Bank’s Indonesia Landscapes Program. With many of the peatlands drained and in a state of degradation, rural livelihoods need to adapt to new threats and opportunities within the landscape. Given the government’s plans to restore currently drained and occupied lowland areas, an assessment is needed to identify potential alternative crops and sustainable production systems that are appropriate for smallholders in the affected lowlands. The outcomes of the analysis would inform an important policy discussion among the various government institutions, including the Ministries of Agriculture and Public Works and the Peatland Restoration Agency, to shape the business case for improved management of natural resources in Indonesia’s lowlands.

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eC2: Remote sensing of Agricultural Land Use in Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Lviv Oblasts, Ukraine

Deadline:  04-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

  1. Identification of preliminary classification of land cover, development of list of spectral characteristics and a rout for field data collection for typical representatives of each class, in order to develop training data. Assess the learning and validation sample and data collection report for Kyiv oblast for Summer 2017. Preprocessing of available satellite imagery (radiometric calibration and correction, noise filtering, etc.) for the territory of Kyiv oblast for summer 2017 and 2018.
  2. Collection of training data and validation sample; establish spectral library for the categories of land cover in Kyiv oblast.
  3. Processing of satellite imagery (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Landsat-8) for recognition of information on actual land use, development of descriptive statistics for the categories of land cover in Kyiv oblast, estimation of NDVI, identification of irrigated land.

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eC2: Analysis of Ethiopias Human Development (education and health) and safety net delivery systems in the lowlands

Deadline:  12-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) untitled

There exist horizontal (inter-regional, intra-regional and inter-woreda) and vertical (income distribution) disparities in human development outcomes. Ethiopia is impacted by droughts which have the potential to undermine the development gains the country has made if not anticipated and responded to. Furthermore, Ethiopia is deeply affected by forced displacement and the country is hosting the second-largest refugee population in Africa with most refugees hosted along Ethiopia’s borders with the majority of the refugee camps situated in the lowlands where the implications of long-term refugee hosting have been felt most acutely. The increasing number and extent of droughts, coupled with the remaining challenges to ensure access to services for the most vulnerable, highlights the need to examine Ethiopia’s service delivery modalities and financing systems with a view to plan and prepare for chronic crisis adapting delivery to maximize investments in human development and to improve systems to respond to crises and ensure hard won development gains are not lost.

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The gender gap in financial inclusion won’t budge. Here are three ways to shrink it

financial-inclusion-genderby Kristalina Georgieva On Wed, 05/23/2018

I opened my first bank account as a new student at the London School of Economics in 1987. This seemingly small act meant that I could manage my own finances, spend my own money, and make my own financial decisions. It meant freedom to decide for myself.

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Illicit trafficking and conflict: A chicken-and-egg situation?

scanner_780Transnational organized crime (TOC) is a widespread phenomenon that leaves no region untouched. Illegal trafficking—TOC’s most lucrative manifestation—has taken multiple forms, ranging from the most traditional trade in narcotics and weapons to smuggling counterfeited medicines and endangered wildlife. As these illicit flows cut across multiple national borders, they become interconnected with local security, political, social, and economic dynamics. At times, they are so embedded that the line between licit and illicit is significantly blurred. The same applies when TOC intersects with conflict situations.

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Is the world on track to deliver energy access for all?

ene-780x439-solar-powered-metro-station-brazil-paulo-barrosSTORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Countries need to accelerate progress on access to electrification, clean cooking, renewables and energy efficiency to meet Sustainable Development Goal #7, according to a new report
  • 674 million people, or 8% of the world’s population, will still be in the dark in 2030 if current trends of electrification continue
  • An estimated 2.3 billion people will continue to cook by burning wood and coal in 2030, which poses major health risks

 

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eC2: Support to the Government of Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo for the Evaluation of Urban Transport and Mobility Management and the Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Urban Mobility

general-transport-mosaic-mainDeadline:  11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of the study is to develop comprehensive, coherent and applicable policy recommendations, a relevant strategy, shared by all stakeholders and a priority action plan for the sustainable management of urban transport and mobility in the countries, through a swift assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework of the institutions in charge of the transport sector, a diagnosis of the functioning of the urban transport sub-sector. The study also aims to propose a guide for urban transport improvement and establish a strategic plan for sustainable mobility for the main secondary cities, based on the findings of a comprehensive assessment of one pilot city to be chosen in agreement with the respective Governments.

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eC2: Conduct Energy Audits of 16 Municipal Committees and Develop Energy Management Plans (including Investment Plans)

energyDeadline: 11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall approach for the energy audits will be: Analyze energy consumption and costs: Collect, organize, and analyze past energy bills. Compare energy performance: Determine the energy use and resources that can help compare them internally from one period to another, from one facility to a similar one, or from one system to another. Profile energy use patterns: Determine the time and relationships of energy use such as the electricity demand profile. Inventorize energy use: Prepare a list of all energy-consuming loads/efficiencies in the audit area and measure their consumption and demand. Identify Energy Management Opportunities (EMOs): Include operational and technological measures to reduce energy usage. Assess the benefits: Measure the potential energy and cost savings, along with any other benefits.

See full tender here:

eConsultant2 website: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html  

Tender notification: # 1257724

Assignment Countries:

  • PK – Pakistan

Divining the future of work

WDR-2019-woman-with-laptop-and-drone.jp“I like work, it fascinates me,” said Jerome K Jerome. “I can sit and look at it for hours.” We concur with the author of “Three Men in a Boat’, a novel which so fascinated Late Victorian England that, within a year of publication, the number of vessels on the River Thames had doubled.

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