Webinar April 23, 2020 | 9am EST: Launch of Aqueduct Floods: The Future of Flooding: Explore Risks and Opportunities (by WRI/World Bank/NL Embassy)

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Flooding is among the most serious and dangerous of all global risks, causing loss of life and damage to property, livelihoods and economies. Climate change is expected to intensify flooding in the coming decades, while economic growth and urbanization place more people and property in flood-prone areas. Despite these dangers, flood risks are often underestimated and poorly managed due to lack of transparent, accurate data on current levels of flood protection, both in developing and developed countries.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2020: Development Committee Communiqué

1. The Development Committee met virtually today, April 17, 2020. index

2. Our meeting occurred at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its devastating effects are being felt across the globe as the human and economic toll continues to rise. We express our sympathy to those affected and offer our support and solidarity to those working on the front lines fighting the pandemic.

3. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores that the development community increasingly faces global challenges requiring decisive, collective action and innovation. Multilateral cooperation is needed to contain the pandemic and mitigate its health, social, and economic consequences. The World Bank Group (WBG) is uniquely positioned to tackle these complex issues and to play a leading role via its lending, investments, knowledge, and convening capacity.

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Procurement Training #2

The Private Sector Liaisons are proud to present the second (2) of four (4) World Bank procurement i-love-procurement2training webinars.

World Bank troubleshooting procurement webinar provides information about the troubleshooting process for projects tendered by the client countries of the World Bank Group. The presenter is Marghoob Bin Hussein Senior Procurement Specialist.

We encourage you to view the recording of the webinar here: https://1930181.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/1_bbk9429j

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eC2: Womens solutions for conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon

Deadline:  07-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Senegal-Woman-at-Well-800

The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program is commissioning a study that will design a strategy to improve gender sensitive conservation and sustainable development interventions in the Amazon. This study will be based on an analysis of existing gender gaps in the region, focusing on successful cases to be identified in the Amazon regions in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, where women have improved gender balance in: participation and decision making, access and control over natural resources, and/or access to socioeconomic benefits from natural resources. The study will highlight key barriers faced by women, explain the gender gaps, and identify the strategies to overcome them. In addition to individual interviews and focus groups with the women involved in the case studies and relevant institutions, the process will include workshops to discuss themes of common interest. The study will conclude with recommendations to improve gender sensitive conservation and sustainable development.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Drives Sub-Saharan Africa Toward First Recession in 25 Years

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020—Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly shutterstock_1649775301impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in the region over the past 25 years, according to the latest Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s twice-yearly economic update for the region.

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the limits of societies and economies across the world, and African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard,” said Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for Africa.We are rallying all possible resources to help countries meet people’s immediate health and survival needs while also safeguarding livelihoods and jobs in the longer term – including calling for a standstill on official bilateral debt service payments which would free up funds for strengthening health systems to deal with COVID 19 and save lives, social safety nets to save livelihoods and help workers who lose jobs, support to small and medium enterprises, and food security.

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eC2: Coastal modeling and assessment of potential solutions for coastal defenses and adaptation measures at priority sites in Seychelles

Deadline: 29-Apr-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The World Bank is providing technical support to the Government of Seychelles to build capacity for coastal management. In the current consultancy, the World Bank is seeking support for developing coastal modeling studies and analysis of solutions for priority sites that are part of the Seychelles Coastal Management Plan’s implementation agenda including training and capacity building at the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. The consultancy will focus on up to five sites selected from the a comprehensive list of priorities sites. The final selection of sites will be discussed and confirmed with the Bank and Government. For these sites, the consultancy has three main objectives: i) review, gap analysis and survey of existing data, ii) modeling of historic erosion and flooding and the impact of the recent storms for the selected sites and iii) an assessment of potential solutions and design options that address the coastal impacts studied at the sites.

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Europe and Central Asia: Health Systems, Safety Nets, and Support to Businesses All Critical to Protecting Lives and Livelihoods

WASHINGTON, 8 April 2020 – Decisive policy measures that prioritize investments in medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]health care systems and provide safety nets for people, especially the most vulnerable, are critical to mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Europe and Central Asia, says the Spring 2020 Economic Update for the region.

In addition, countries in the region can help sustain economic activity by supporting the private sector with temporary business credits, tax cuts, or tax payment deferrals. Small and medium enterprises that are impacted could benefit significantly from targeted government subsidies.

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eC2: Consultancy Services for Water Storage ASA

Deadline: 21-Apr-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The Water Global Practice (WGP) is commissioning an Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) to identify innovative Water Storage solutions implemented both externally and internally at the WB, and demonstrate their use in WB operations. The ASA aims to support World Bank teams and client countries in better informing clients decision making on addressing key water resources management challenges through the adoption of innovative approaches and best management practices to reduce disruptions in water systems. The Water Storage is a concept inspired by the need to enhance and expand the potential for water to improve water security in client countries through the adoption of sustainable, resilient, and innovative practices factoring in clients capabilities, challenges and contexts. By definition, this concept is broad, including both engineering and soft solutions that can contribute to water security and that includes retention, inter-seasonal, and interannual systems.

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eC2: Blue Economy Assessments

Deadline: 27-Apr-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

a. Preparation of Blue Economy Roadmaps, including a rapid Blue Economy diagnosis (quantitative) of the contributions of selected productive sectors to the blue economy jobs, GDP, and gender; and Institutional assessment of policy and regulatory frameworks.
b. Assessment of regional marine monitoring and forecasting; and preparation of a OECS Marine Research Agenda and action plan.

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