New monitoring methods and tools make development more effective

Informed decision making requires timely and relevant evidence. This holds for national logistics_management_information_system_sarah_farhatdecision makers as well as development practitioners. Here at the World Bank, we have been working on creative solutions that lower the cost of project monitoring and create feedback loops. These feedback loops allow decision makers to assess the impact of their actions and to plan course corrections where needed. They also serve as incentive to act, since most decision makers wish to avoid the possibility of their inaction being exposed in future rounds of feedback and data collection. Feedback loops thus improve development outcomes through two pathways: by providing timely and actionable information and by functioning as an accountability mechanism. SWIFT and IBM are two examples of new tools that make this kind of regular feedback affordable.

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eC2: Development of national approaches for assessment of hydromorphological status of Surface Water Bodies and of national methodology for identification and designation of Heavily Modified Water Bodies

Deadline: 12-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)RotterdamWaterPlein_klein

The assignment aims at filling the encountered gaps in terms of methodical base, qualitative and quantitative data for hydromorphological quality elements (HMQE), required for the assessment of the ecological status of surface water bodies (SWBs) and potential of Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB) and Artificial Water Bodies (AWBs), in compliance with the WFD and most recent good practices and CIS guidance documents. The procedures are mandatory for achieving the objectives of Directive 2000/60/EC and the obligations of Bulgaria as a MS with respect to the EU water policy. The results have to provide the missing and further develop the existing methodical basis, which should regulate and guide the identification and designation of HMWBs & AWBs, the execution of further field works and monitoring programs, the interpretation of the results for HMQEs and the following assessment of the hydromorphological status of SWBs of category rivers, lakes and transitional waters as supporting the overall ecological status assessment.

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Investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) means everybody wins

While in Malange, Angola, we met Florinda Chilumbo, a farmer who has 200 hectares Florindaplanted with fruits and vegetables.These are much-needed food groups in a region where malnutrition is common. But public policies favor the production of less-nutritious maize and soy, so she is thinking of dedicating more land to those crops. Indeed, there are no incentives for investing in Nutrition Smart Agriculture (NSmartAg) in Angola, or much of the rest of the world.

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eC2: Agricultural Technology Solutions for IFC Clients in Vietnam

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

As part of its efforts to build its leadership in providing access to Ag tech solutions to smallholder farmers that help improve their overall agricultural production practices and sustainability, the Ag Tech Vietnam project aims to: 1) develop and apply ag tech innovations in up to 3 crops in Vietnam to inform precise farming response resulting in reduced input use and costs; and 2) roll out a commercially viable model for at least 1,200 smallholder farmers usage of Ag Tech services and achieve scale.

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eC2: Creating Market Opportunities for Women Small and Medium Enterprises in Bangladesh- Corporate Engagement and Networking

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

The objective of the assignment is to initiate the corporate engagement and awareness strategy through facilitating a high level conference to bringing together support organizations, WSMEs, Corporations, financial institutes and policy makers to created awareness and facilitate market opportunities.

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eC2: Technical Assistance in Assessment of Extreme Weather and Climatic Risks in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands

Deadline: 07-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The objective of the assignment is to initiate the corporate engagement and awareness strategy through facilitating a high level conference to bringing together support organizations, WSMEs, Corporations, financial institutes and policy makers to created awareness and facilitate market opportunities.

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The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

I have never seen this level of destruction. I was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 bahamasearthquake, New York after Superstorm Sandy, northeast Nigeria after the worst of the Boko Haram insurgency, and to Somalia and Malawi after devastating droughts and floods delivered destruction on a tragic level. But mere walking through the worst hit areas of Abaco in northern Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian provided a glimpse of what total devastation really looks like.

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Call for Proposals: Fragility Forum 2020

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  • When: March 2-4, 2020
  • Where: 1818 H St. NW, 20433 Washington, D.C.
  • Contact: fragilityforum@worldbank.org
  • Call for proposals: Open until November 22
  • Registration for participants: Opens on November 1, 2019

The  Fragility Forum is a high-level event organized by the World Bank Group which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience on engaging in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). Over three days, the Forum aims to provide an opportunity to harness the collective brain trust of stakeholders coming from government, international institutions, donor agencies, private sector, civil society, academia and media to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of development approaches to achieve lasting impact. The Forum has been held three times previously, in February 2015, March 2016 and March 2018. The Fragility Forum 2020 will focus on implementation: the concrete approaches that are needed to maximize our collective impact and more effectively respond to dynamic, multidimensional, and global challenges affecting countries around the world. 

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Doing Business 2020–Sustaining the pace of reforms

Regulation exists to protect workers, public safety, businesses, and investments. ButDBR2020 inefficient or inadequate regulation can stifle entrepreneurial activity and business growth and impact the ease of doing business. It takes over 200 hours to complete export border requirements for maritime transport in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire. In contrast, it takes only 10 hours in Singapore. Border compliance costs for export at seaports in Gabon average over $1,600, but just over $300 in Mauritius.

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eC2: Trade Facilitation West Africa Communications and Awareness

Deadline: 11-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) trade-lpi-2018-warehouse-shutterstock

Develop an informed, regionally effective communications strategy and tactical plan (in writing) by: Researching and mapping which tactics are the most suitable for the market/region/audience. Organizing and facilitating meetings and/or workshops between TFWA Program communications focal points and representatives of various institutions with an interest in the regions trade facilitation agenda to inform its approach. Ensuring the strategy and plan incorporate priorities of the various TFWA Program stakeholders while also ensuring consistency with TFWA Program objectives, targets, and communications guidelines and graphic standards. Seek approval for the above strategy and plan and rework the approach as needed.
Execute the approved tactics to Bank-level standards.
Provide ECOWAS/UEMOA with the tools required to take over and implement the communications plan in the long term.
Produce progress reports at agreed intervals (per each task order).

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