The World Bank Group Mounts the Fastest and Largest Health Crisis Response in its History to Save Lives from COVID-19

It’s seven o’clock in the morning in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Dr. Haba Eveline arrives at guineathe COVID-19 Treatment Center. As soon as she enters, she washes her hands before starting her daily shift. A mother of five, she leads the Risk Management Unit which is now open 24/7.

She is one of the frontline health workers helping her country fight the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. “As a doctor, I am a fighter and I am proud to bring my experience to the response against this pandemic,” she said.

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We are facing an unprecedented global challenge to protect every country from COVID-19

Raising the bar on preventing gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEA-SH), girlsgbvis an unacceptable violation of human values. The impacts of these actions on survivors and victims are devastating and wide-ranging. They undermine their physical and mental health, security, dignity, quality of life and well-being.

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eC2: Evaluation of the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program in Low-income Countries (SREP) in the Climate Investment Funds

Deadline:  12-Jan-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  Renewable-energy

The purpose of this evaluation is to strengthen current and future programming in SREP and other prospective CIF programs, as well as other global efforts, through the identification of relevant lessons and good practices for advancing low-carbon energy access in low-income countries.

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Impact of COVID-19 on households: What do phone surveys tell us?

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) has spread across the world, the World Bank has projected TCard COVID statextreme poverty to increase for the first time since the Asian crisis in 1998, putting at risk the global goal of reducing extreme poverty to 3% of the world’s population by 2030. The duration and scale of impacts are highly uncertain and expected to vary widely within and across countries and over time, which makes it really important to closely monitor the impacts of the crisis on households and firms for designing policy responses. The World Bank’s high-frequency monitoring phone surveys, which are going on in nearly 100 countries, have sought to fill the information gap that traditional in-person surveys are ill-suited to fill during a pandemic. They are a window into how the pandemic is affecting every aspect of the lives of almost every household in the developing world. A similar initiative of Business Pulse Surveys adds to this picture by tracking the pandemic’s impacts on firms in 51 countries.

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WACA Call for Innovation: A win for the Dutch water sector

The WACA Call for Innovation Demo Day and Award Ceremony were hosted by the World senya-beraku-1928946_1920Bank on 17 and 18 November 2020. It featured presentations of the five shortlisted competitors pitching their proposals. Among the top three winners were two Dutch consortia which included NWP members HKV, IHE Delft, Witteveen+Bos, CDR International, Boskalis and Wetlands International.

Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty—World Bank outlines a New Vision to ensure that every child learns, everywhere

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2020 – COVID-related school closures risk pushing an TCard COVID statadditional 72 million primary school aged children into learning poverty—meaning that they are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10—according to two new World Bank reports released today. The reports outline a new vision for learning and the investments and policies, including on education technology, that countries can implement today to realize this vision.

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eC2: Vietnam: Scaling up of Rural Water Private Sector Participation

Deadline: 09-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The RWSS Project scope would entails on-lending the funds to approximately 17 Central and Mekong Delta Provinces. These TORs refer to technical assistance services to promote scaling up private sector participation (PSP) in the scope of the tentative RWSS Project, to be carried out over an 18-month period, which is expected to begin approximately in December 2020. The technical assistance is intended to raise the capacity of central and provincial government officials and other stakeholders to understand better the PSP options for RWS and to design, procure, carry out and monitor rural water supply (RWS) investment sub-projects proposed by the provinces, particularly to increase PSP in terms of both capital investments and technical expertise for management of the rural water schemes. The RWSS Project, both technical assistance and lending, would be intended to have a measurable impact on access to RWS, Sustainability, Climate Resilience, Pro-poor Impact, and PSP of RWS in the participating provinces.

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Why we need to invest in conflict resolution for better biodiversity outcomes

The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to increased poverty and inequality, further intensifying the ele_leaderneed to focus on a recovery that is inclusive and sustainable. For local communities suddenly stripped of direct economic benefits from nature, supporting wildlife conservation has become a lot more difficult.  The UN’s Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework is a key step towards the 2050 vision of “Living in harmony with nature,” however, the inconvenient truth is that nature, particularly wildlife, can be very difficult to live with and global solutions do not always easily translate to the local level.

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