Investing in Nature Pays off for People and Biodiversity

If you take care of the land, it will take care of you, says Tsefaye Kidane, a 40-year-old coffee farmer from the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, a protected area in southwest Ethiopia that is also regarded as the birthplace of wild Arabica coffee.

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eC2: TECHNICAL CONSULTANT FOR IFC GLOBAL COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM

Deadline: 08-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)TCard COVID stat

The program will consist of multiple projects with individual national or provincial governments in South Asia. IFC will provide capacity building support and advice to governments to effectively engage private sector in areas such as enhancing COVID-19 testing services, increasing availability of critical care and other type of hospital beds and isolation facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, etc. The support will be in the form of developing thought documents, recommending private sector engagement models, drafting model contracts and procurement agreements and short-term contracts, developing technical specifications. This is for a Technical consultant for the project. The technical consultant will provide technical and clinical advise and inputs to IFC for the program.

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World Bank Announces $500 Million to Fight Locusts, Preserve Food Security and Protect Livelihoods

Emergency Financing for Locust Affected Countries will help people recover from losses

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 — The World Bank Group approved today a US$500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.

The Emergency Locust Response Program (ELRP), approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, will focus on providing immediate assistance to help poor and vulnerable farmers, herders, and rural households overcome one of the worst locust upsurges in decades. ELRP will provide immediate support to affected households through targeted social safety nets like cash transfers, while investing in the medium-term recovery of agriculture and livestock production systems and rural livelihoods in affected countries.

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WBG: Weekly Recap

The World Bank Group is now supporting 100 countries in their fight against coronavirus, helping strengthen health systems, protect the poorest and support jobs. This is the largest and fastest crisis response in our history, and is critical in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating a recovery.

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COVID-19: How the World Bank is helping countries procure critical medical supplies

In the global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Bank is helping CoronaVirusHeader-Final-3-1536x647client countries respond. The World Bank Group will deploy up to $160 billion over the next 15 months to support COVID-19 measures that will help countries respond to immediate health consequences of the pandemic, support households and firms, and bolster economic recovery. Our first package of fast-track emergency health financing launched on April 2, 2020, and we are working with our borrowers as they move to implement emergency projects. A key component of this implementation is client access to critical medical equipment and supplies.

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eC2: Kenya – Solar Competitive Bidding Strategy and Framework

Deadline:  08-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)scaling+solar+main+banner

The objective of this assignment is to provide strategic support to develop a Solar Competitive Bidding Strategy and Framework in line with Kenya’s draft energy auction policy and reflecting specific needs for the careful selection of investors and an allocation of risk optimized for the Country’s circumstances. The strategy would provide guidelines for auctioning volume, deployment scheme, timeline, socio-economic development, roles and responsibilities, high-level bidding framework, among others.

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Incidence of COVID-19 and Connections with Air Pollution Exposure : Evidence from the Netherlands

The fast spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has resulted in the young woman with face mask using smartphone-GND-iStockemergence of several hot-spots around the world. Several of these are located in areas associated with high levels of air pollution. This study investigates the relationship between exposure to particulate matter and COVID-19 incidence in 355 municipalities in the Netherlands. The results show that atmospheric particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 is a highly significant predictor of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions. The estimates suggest that expected COVID-19 cases increase by nearly 100 percent when pollution concentrations increase by 20 percent.

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eC2: Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for Regional Marine Plastic Management

Deadline: 04-Jun-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) financial-inclusion-gender

The World Bank has received financial support from the PROBLUE Multi Donor Trust Fund and intends to use part of the proceeds to integrate gender dimensions into regional government efforts to address plastic production, consumption, and waste management and to mitigate the impact of plastic on marine ecosystems.

The World Bank seeks to contract an experienced consulting firm to conduct a literature review on key gender aspects of marine plastic management within the six participating countries, and to develop practical gender-responsive guidelines that each participating country can integrate in their national marine plastic management strategies and action plans.

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The new kids on the block: redefining “critical” minerals essential for a clean energy future

As the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and mine sites across the 780X439_CSM_Headerworld delay or suspend operations, we are reminded of Matshona Dhliwayo’s quote: “stars are born out of dark moments.” While the price of most so-called “critical minerals” may be down now, demand for these minerals will rise again, and certainly well before 2050. Indeed, the World Bank Group’s latest report has found that the more ambitious the climate targets become, the more minerals and metals will be needed for a low-carbon future. Continue reading

Weekly Round Up

3 phases to build more inclusive, efficient and resilient education systems in the wake of COVID-19

The pandemic has already had profound impacts on education. But it is possible to counter those shocks, and to turn crisis into opportunity. The policy responses to achieve this can be summarized in these three overlapping phases.

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