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eC2: Lesotho Agriculture Insurance Feasibility Study

Deadline: 02-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439

The objective of this assignment is to investigate the market potential for smallholder agricultural insurance in Lesotho. It will focus on the identification of insurance providers who would be willing to offer this type of insurance, existing factors that may enhance or limit their ability to enter into this market, as well as the potential for integrating insurance within the priority value chains. The priority value chains for the purposes of this study are grains, dairy, horticulture (fruit/vegetables), poultry, piggery, and fisheries/aquaculture.

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As climate and disaster threats rise, let’s double down on resilient infrastructure

From tsunamis in Asia and earthquakes in Latin America, to hurricanes in the Caribbeanvietnam_blog and cyclones in Africa, disasters caused by natural hazards claimed some 1.3 million lives between 1998 and 2017, and wreaked untold havoc on livelihoods and infrastructure worldwide.

We see no sign of the risk posed by natural hazards decreasing, particularly having witnessed the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai on families and communities in Africa earlier this year. What’s worse, climate change is making storms, floods, droughts, and heatwaves even more frequent, damaging, and deadly.

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Which countries reduced poverty rates the most?

One of the goals of the World Bank Group is to reduce extreme poverty—defined as indexliving on less than $1.90 per day in 2011 PPP—to less than 3% by 2030. We know that the world has seen tremendous progress in reducing extreme poverty since 1990. So, where in the world has poverty reduction been most successful?

The graph below shows 15 countries that experienced the largest annual average percentage point declines in extreme poverty rate between about 2000 and 2015, out of the 114 countries for which we can measure poverty in a comparable way over this period.

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eC2: Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments in North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

Deadline: 27-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)RISK

This project is anticipated to result in the following outcomes:
i. Improved understanding by task teams and counterparts on seismic vulnerability of buildings and consideration during preparation of new EE operations
ii. Seismic vulnerability considerations systematically integrated into eligibility criteria and building-specific assessments for EE investments.
iii. Knowledge on safer public facilities is deepened

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eC2: Energy Sector Baseline Study in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei area of Turkana County, Kenya Under the Dutch Partnership for Improved Prospects

Deadline: 04-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)India Energy

To support the entry of private energy firms to the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area as part of the KKCF, it is imperative that market-oriented data be available and packaged appropriately to make the commercial case for energy solutions for mini-grids, SHS, cooking, and productive use. In addition to making the commercial case, the practical steps toward entry of a private firm to the area should also be addressed (how to access land, what role would RAS or UNHCR play, if any, etc.). The assessment will cover Kakuma Town and Kakuma Camp, Kalobeyei Town and Kalobeyei Settlement. More specifically, the work conducted on mini-grid, SHS and productive use will cover Kakuma Camp and Town while the work on energy for cooking will cover both Kakuma Camp and Town and Kalobeyei Settlement and Town.

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eC2: Study to identify opportunities for private sector engagements in the refugee hosting areas of Uganda under the Dutch Partnership for Improved Prospects

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

The market assessment will focus on three major components of energy including (a.) energyclean energy for Lighting and household appliances (TV, radio, fan etc.), (b.) clean energy for cooking, and (c.) clean energy for productive use (agribusiness, driers, cold storage, etc.) The study would require both primary and secondary data collection and need to be complemented by interviews with local authorities, Ugandan national officials, refugee and host community representatives (including exclusive interviews with women with an appropriate gender lens), UNHCR, active development partners, relevant private companies and a review of relevant literature.

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eC2: INDIA: Due Diligence for Installing Floating Solar Project in Omkareshwar Reservoir, Madhya Pradesh

Deadline: 25-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India, has been in the forefront to contribute

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significantly towards promotion of clean energy solutions in the country as well as globally. To take such initiatives forward, Government of MP through its agency Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMS) – has requested the World Bank to support them on new technologies such as floating solar. On request of the Government of India, World Bank is already supporting Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), under Innovations in Solar Power & Hybrid technologies project, to invest in early demonstration projects but with an objective to also build a robust pipeline of such projects while developing the policy and regulatory ecosystem. As part of deepening the market for floating solar projects in the country, engagement with MP will be an important step. This is specifically important as lack of experience in deploying several of these technologies in India, and globally, at scale is considered as a major constraint by various developers, financiers and other stakeholders.
World Bank will support RUMS and Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation (NHDC) in exploring potential of floating solar project in one of the states water bodies Omkareshwar Dam in Khandwa district of MP.

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eC2: Turkey: Market assessment for direct uses of geothermal energy

Deadline: 28-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of this assignment is to assess the technical and economic viability of

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different options for direct uses of geothermal energy in Turkey, including district heating and cooling. This includes both projects where low to medium temperature resources are utilized directly and also projects were residual heat in geothermal brines at geothermal power plants is used.

Tasks are expected to include:
– Country-wide, high-level assessment of direct use potential
– Preparation of pre-feasibility studies for selected applications
– Assessment of interest of municipalities and private developers
– Estimation of investment needs to allow the market to grow to its potential
– Barrier assessment
– Preparation of action plan/roadmap for the promotion of direct uses of geothermal resources

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eC2: Development of Creatives and Deployment Plan for Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) Project

Deadline: 02-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)power-nutrition

The objective of this assignment is to develop for the ANRiN PMU, creatives and associated collaterals, for an effective above-the-line and below-the-line mass media campaign to improve nutrition during the first thousand days window in Nigeria through the ANRiN project. Additionally, a model media plan will be proposed for the mass media campaign to the PMU for roll out during the life of the ANRiN project.

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How policy uncertainty hurt world trade in 2019

In a decade of miserable trade growth, 2019 is set to make the record books for all the policy_uncertainty_cargo2wrong reasons.  Since the Great Recession, trade growth hovered around 3 percent per year, down from the 7 percent growth rates for the two decades preceding the crisis. This year world trade is expected to grow slightly above 1 percent. We find that policy uncertainty might account for almost half of the slowdown of world trade growth in 2019.

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