World Bank Group Announces $200 billion over Five Years for Climate Action

Funding for 2021-2025 includes a significant boost for adaptation and resilience World Bank building

Washington DC – 3 December, 2018 —The World Bank Group today announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. The new plan significantly boosts support for adaptation and resilience, recognizing mounting climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, especially in the world’s poorest countries. The plan also represents significantly ramped up ambition from the World Bank Group, sending an important signal to the wider global community to do the same.

Continue reading

eC2: Development of Gender Strategies and Action Plans for ECOWAS, ECCAS and SADC under the Building Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities Program

Deadline: 24-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The Bank is seeking the services of a firm to carry out activities for the inclusive preparation of Gender Strategy and Action Plans (GSAPs) for the following Regional Economic Communities (RECs): The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); The Economic Community for Central African States (ECCAS); and The Southern African Development Community (SADC). They have expressed the need for support for developing comprehensive and effective guidelines for mainstreaming gender considerations into disaster risk management policies, plans of action and programs. Tasks include preparation of individual Inception Reports for each REC; gender analysis and stakeholder consultations; REC-level discussions and feedback events; and finalization of customized Gender Strategies and Action Plans in Disaster Risk Management for each REC.

Continue reading

eC2: Preparation of Drought Risk Mitigation Investment Plan for Sindh Province

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) bf-hauling-water-on-bike-cifor-flickr

The main objective of this study is to prepare a drought mitigation investment plan informed by a comprehensive assessment of climate induced drought risks for Sindh province. Identification of drought prone areas at regional and local scales as well as adaptive and mitigation interventions will be recommended based on scientific drought assessment. Along with other methods, this study will explore the remote sensing potential in terms of data and methods in order to quantify drought and assess drought features. Satellite data driven quantitative and spatio-temporal approach will be investigated for the development of the study resulting in data that could be used for generating climate change scenarios through the Global Climate Change Model.

Continue reading

eC2: Financing Options Analysis for the ASEAN Rolling Pipeline of Priority Infrastructure Projects

Deadline: 31-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

To enhance connectivity and attract more public and private investments for

modern city with highway interchangeinfrastructure in ASEAN, MPAC 2025 recommended the establishment of a rolling priority pipeline list of potential ASEAN infrastructure projects and sources of funds.

The Initial Pipeline consists of 16-20 projects submitted by the ASEAN Member States and selected and prioritized by the World Bank based on a screening and scoring process assessing key project factors such as strategic relevance, impact on regional connectivity, environmental and social impact, project feasibility, and the contracting agency’s implementation capacity.

In the next phase, the World Bank will undertake a financing options analysis of each of the projects in the Initial Pipeline to determine the best procurement option for the project i.e., to determine whether the project should be publicly funded, privately financed or funded/financed through a Public Private Partnership. Where a project already has a robust and recently conducted pre-feasibility or feasibility study, the information and data required to undertake such analysis should already be available. However, for those projects that do not have such a study available, it will be necessary to undertake the relevant studies and review.

Continue reading

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change drew global attention by th-bangkok-traffic-bernard-spragg-flickr_0providing fresh and overwhelming evidence about the urgency of the climate situation. According to the agency’s latest report, global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within the next 12 years—unless we act now.

Transport bears a huge responsibility in the current situation: the sector contributes to nearly a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 18% of all manmade emissions in the global economy.  Under a business-as-usual scenario, this figure will continue rising to reach 1/3 of all emissions by 2040.
Continue reading

eC2: Port Community System

Deadline: 13-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

The Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (IFC MTI) Global Practice of the World Bank Group is seeking the services of an experienced consultant (the firm) individual or firm to support the PNSW initiative by conducting a Situation Analysis of the logistics and international supply chain related activities taking place at the ports (including airports seaports , off-dock terminals as well as inland dry ports and land border crossing points selected by the Client)in collaboration with the relevant regulatory authorities (Customs, Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Civil Aviation Authority, Karachi Port Trust, NLC, Pakistan Railways etc.) and private sector operators, collectively referred to in this document as the Stakeholders.

Continue reading

Sneak Peek: a new observatory for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Three years into the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, the Latin America and imagen_060-webCaribbean (LAC) region is “on track to achieve universal access by 2030,” according to the 2018 UN SDG6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation.

However, important challenges remain to reach SDG6 in LAC. Safe water and sanitation coverage levels are currently below the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets of achieving improved coverage levels. The statistical (coverage) or administrative information that LAC countries currently access fails to capture the new attributes of the SDGs, especially relating to the quality of services, wastewater treatment, and the adoption of hygiene practices, including hand washing. Moreover, the institutional arrangements along with diminishing sector investments cannot be adequately programmed with the type of information currently available.

Continue reading

eC2: Enabling Environment and Development of PPP Framework in Urban Sanitation

Deadline: 20-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Water supply and sanitation subsector is among the focus areas that the Federal untitledDemocratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) has considered among the pro poor sectors. With this understanding the World Bank is extending its support through different interventions. The World Bank Group is supporting the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to achieve its national targets set under GTP II through availing resources to different sectors and sub sectors.
One of the major interventions of the World Bank is the support extended to improve the services delivery in Addis Ababa and 22 secondary towns under the Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (SUWSSP). Implementation of the project is an opportunity to improve sanitation services delivery and water supply in Addis Ababa and in the secondary and regional towns. This project is a logical continuation of the Ethiopian Urban Water Supply and Sanitation project which was closed in December 2017. Unlike the prior projects the SUWSSP has a wider perspective of reaching different segment of the community by adopting City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) approach. The model provides opportunity to start with understanding the context, planning for cost effective solution, and consultation with end users. Except Addis Ababa, all project beneficiary towns had limited experience of delivering sanitation focused project and their current staffing for sanitation is also limited.
The SUWSSP has three major components (i) Addis Ababa sanitation and operational efficiency improvement, (ii) Secondary cities and towns sanitation, water supply, and operational efficiency improvement, and (iii) Program management (Federal and regional level). The first two components further divided into three sub-components focusing on sanitation services improvement, water utilities performance improvement and utility modernization and institutional capacity strengthening.

Continue reading

COP24 Kicks off in Katowice next Week: Here’s What You Need to Know

STORY HIGHLIGHTSuntitled

  • The 2018 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will take place at the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to 15.
  • The priority outcome from negotiations at COP24 will be the finalization of the “Paris rulebook”, namely, the framework of rules that will guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • The World Bank Group will announce new climate targets for 2025, including a major boost on adaptation, as well as analytical work on new mobility, transport, the energy sector, and the just transition, focusing on delivering low carbon pathways to development.

Continue reading

eC2: Development of Disaster Risk Finance Analytics Freeware Quantitative Tools

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The DRFIP is undertaking a four-year DRF Analytics Project to improve the colombo2understanding and to increase the capacity of governments to take informed decisions on DRF based on sound financial analysis. The objective of the project will be achieved through four outcomes:
i. Governments understand their financial risk related to natural disasters;
ii. Governments employ efficient financial/actuarial analysis, such as cost-benefit analyses, in the development of DRF strategies;
iii. Improved financial capacity to meet financial needs immediately following natural disasters; and
iv. Increased capacity in Governments to monitor and evaluate DRF strategies. Under this project a suite of interactive DRF quantitative tools will be developed which can be adapted and applied to support capacity building and decision making in countries.

Continue reading