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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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eC2: Supply Chain Management Consultant

Deadline:  05-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)supplychain

IFC is seeking to contract a firm which has expertise in improving the productivity of raisin production by farmers and in developing raisin supply chain. The consultant will be working with an IFC client company and grapes farmers to improve the productivity and efficiency of clients raisin supply chain and to set in place a strong supply chain management and development capacity in order to ensure the long-term and reliable availability of raisins from farmers at competitive prices, in sufficient quantities and with the high quality required by the client.
The overall objective of the assignment is to improve the productivity and efficiency of the farmers producing and supplying grapes to the Client.  The Consultant will also support IFC on collecting the data required for monitoring and evaluating the Projects impact on farmers and their livelihoods.

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Storm Clouds Are Brewing for the Global Economy

The outlook for the global economy in 2019 has darkened. GEP-2019a-Front-Cover.jpg

International trade and investment have softened. Trade tensions remain elevated. Several large emerging markets underwent substantial financial pressures last year.

Against this challenging backdrop, growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to remain flat in 2019. The pickup in economies that rely heavily on commodity exports is likely to be much slower than hoped for. Growth in many other economies is anticipated to decelerate.

In addition, risks are growing that growth could be even weaker than anticipated, the World Bank’s January 2019 Global Economic Prospects reports.


 

eC2: Piloting sensor driven IOT based precision irrigation technology in Rice Wheat farming system

Deadline: 05-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

Hiring a commercial firm for design, development and implementation in Punjab.
The firm should provide services by installing suitable equipments for:
1. measuring standing water level in rice crop using suitable sensor and to measure moisture content of soil using soil suction sensors for all crops; and subsequently to determine irrigation schedule (both timing and quantity of irrigation) using algorithms;
2. Mobile based pump control system and a decision support system to implement irrigation scheduling and monitor the pump operation remotely using mobile.
3. Monitor the groundwater levels, power consumption, pump operating hours and volume of water extracted using automatic instruments.
4. Provide cloud based application, mobile apps, training modules and videos for dissemination to the farmers.

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eC2: GAP ASSESSMENT ON LAND USE PLANNING AND CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES FOR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS ENGAGED IN INTEGRATED LAND USE PLAN & POLICY DEVELOPMENT IN ETHIOPIA

Deadline: 24-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Land-Conference-2017.jpg

The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on the formulation of National Integrated Land Use Planning and Policy (NILUPP) development with an overall objective to strengthen the rational utilization of natural resources in Ethiopia. This will be achieved through enacting effective land use policy framework, preparing and implementing an integrated land use plan, providing capacity building for land use professionals, and improving knowledge and information-sharing among the stakeholders.

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Selection of the President of the World Bank Group

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2019—The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank World Bank buildingmet January 9 under the Chairmanship of its Dean, Dr. Merza Hasan, to discuss the selection process for the next President of the World Bank Group, following the announcement of the current President, Jim Yong Kim, that he will be stepping down from his position on February 1.

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eC2: Deyang Water PPP Project – Technical Consultant

Deadline: 25-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) waterkraan-nieuws-header

To assist IFC for this project, IFC intends to hire a team of Technical Consultants and Legal Consultants to provide specialized inputs for the Project. The Technical Consultant will assist IFC with all the technical aspects related to the development of the Project, assist IFC with structuring, preparing the tender documents, providing the technical inputs for the project, and other relevant agreements as required and assisting in conducting a transparent bidding process, including evaluation of the technical qualification of the bidders.

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eC2: Study of Water Efficiency and Wastewater Management for Key Industrial Zones in Pakistan

Deadline: 21-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Waste water plant

To initiate this approach, IFC is seeking an independent consultant (the Consultant) to help compare options and develop a business plan to address water shortage and wastewater treatment requirements in three industrial estates / zones in Karachi, namely Korangi Industrial Estate, S.I.T.E Industrial Area and Bin Qasim Industrial Zone (together the Industrial Zones). 

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