eC2: Improved renewable energy integration and electricity services through battery storage in India

Deadline: 20-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

U.S. Electricity Output Rose 6.2% From A Year Earlier

II. Objectives of the assignment:

4. The technical, economic and social benefits of battery energy storage solutions (BESS) have not been well examined in India, nor have the business cases for deploying BESS been articulated at different voltage levels.

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eC2: Integrated Water and Hydropower Development in the Drina River Basin

Deadline: 07-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)images.jpg

Historically, two approaches have been used to assess the options for utilization of the HPP potential in the DRB:

1. Development of the basin-wide studies, followed by
2. Development of the technical design documents and environmental and social impact assessments for identified priority projects.

At this stage, in order to evaluate the options for construction of greenfield and rehabilitation of existing hydropower plants in the wider DRB, the WBG intends to conduct a detailed review of existing river basin studies as well as technical and environmental and social studies, reports and assessments developed for candidate HPP projects.

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eC2: STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT FOR KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP AND TOWN & KALOBEYEI SETTLEMENT AND TOWN

Deadline: 11-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) syrian-refugees-saeed3

The objective of the assignment is to conduct a strategic environmental and social assessment (SESA) to identify and examine potential key environmental and social aspects to inform the design and implementation as well as to identify associated risks of the proposed activities under the KKCF in line with IFC Performance Standards. The SESA will focus on and fully examine all the potential environmental and social issues associated with the development of the planned interventions under the KKCF.

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eC2: Fintech Scoping in South Africa – Financial Sector Development and Reform Program Phase II

Deadline: 29-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Financial Education

Objective of the research and subsequent report is to develop recommendations on an implementable strategy for fintech as a key component of the regional financial services in South Africa. The research will build on previously undertaken work National Treasurys Financial Centre for Africa (FCA) policy work, the previous Payment aspects of financial Inclusion (PAFI) report and the Finnovating for Africa report, 2017 as well as the recently released Doing Business Report. Deliverables include:
Articulate a vision, concept and strategy for a fintech focused financial centre and define a shortlist of specific interventions required; Shortlist a few short- to medium-term policy, legal, regulatory or tax interventions with the greatest potential for impact – Creation of a dynamic, mobile friendly application to allow for the data to be seen in different slices as well the use of APIs to allow dynamic view of the sector.

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Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

For low-lying island states, the impacts of global warming and climate change can be a maldives-blog-hart1matter of survival. The irony is that while these states have not contributed much to greenhouse emissions, as they produce very little, they may face some of the worst consequences.  The Maldives is no stranger to the risks from climate change. It is already witnessing an increase in intense rainfall and resultant flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surges. As one of the lowest-lying countries in the world, with all its people living a few meters above sea level and over two thirds of its critical infrastructure lying within 100 meters of the shoreline, a sea level rise of just a few meters will put the nation further at risk, endangering its relative prosperity.

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eC2: Implementation of Dairy Training Program

Deadline: 04-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Support to increase productivity and incorporate better management practices through indexthe establishment of an action plan that evaluates the potential of its dairy suppliers where the following market failures exist: i) low productivity and unstable supply of high-quality milk; ii) environmental impacts of dairy production, and iii) limited access to finance hindering adoption of climate-smart-technologies and practices. Within the Clients supply chain, IFC completed assessments for 6 cooperative suppliers related to productivity and food safety practices as well as a diagnostic on managerial/financial skills. The findings have served as a base to structure a four-year project.

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World Bank Group Announces $50 billion over Five Years for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2019 – The World Bank Group today launched its Action global-warming-climate-change-tree_1big_stock2Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. Under the plan, the World Bank Group will ramp up direct adaptation climate finance to reach $50 billion over FY21–25. This financing level—an average of $10 billion a year—is more than double what was achieved during FY15-18. The World Bank Group will also pilot new approaches to increasing private finance for adaptation and resilience.

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Views from Silicon Valley: Helping client countries keep up with changing technology

It is time to tell you a secret my friends. I am a girl who codes. Before joining the Worldsilicon_valley Bank, I was fluent in ASCII, developing systems and applications to make it easier to get things done.

Nearly 20 years after writing my first lines of code, I stepped onto the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, representing the World Bank Governance Global Practice and the GovTech Global Partnership task team. Along with a delegation representing leadership across the Bank, we visited Redmond and Silicon Valley to meet with some of the top players in Big Tech.

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eC2: Capacity building in support of weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger

Deadline: 04-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is one of the implementing partners of the Climate Risk and Early pexels-photo-831890.jpegWarning Systems (CREWS) initiative and through the CREWS initiative provides complementary technical assistance to the national hydrological and meteorological services of Mali and Niger in capacity building and institutional strengthening for national weather, water and climate services, early warning system. The World Bank is looking for a qualified consulting firm (incl. universities or similar institutions) to deliver technical assistance with this regard.

The overall objective of this assignment is to strengthen the capacity of the national hydro-meteorological services of Mali and Niger. More specifically, the consultancy has four main objectives: (a) Provide guidance for strengthening technical and human capacity of all relevant stakeholders in Mali and Niger; (b) Provide tailored short courses to strengthen the technical capacity of the technical experts of the national hydrometeorological services in Mali and Niger; (c) Provide guidance on the communication and awareness raising for effective weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger; and (d) provide guidance on investment planning and public-private services for effective weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger.

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Competition and the rise of the machines: Should the AI industry be regulated?

A multinational conglomerate uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to gather untitled.pngintelligence about the news you peruse, social media activity, and shopping preferences. They choose the ads you passively consume on your newsfeed and throughout your social media accounts, your internet searches, and even the music you hear, creating an incrementally increasingly customized version of reality specifically for you. Your days are subtly influenced by marketers, behavioral scientists, and mathematicians armed with cloud supercomputers. All of this is done in the name of maximizing profit to influence what you’re thinking, buying, and whom you will be electing…

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