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eC2: Impact of Clean Energy Transition on Job Creation Case Studies

Deadline:   02-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) greencompetitiveness

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank, is investigating how the energy transition the transition away from fossil fuels, encompassing the adoption of new technologies and models of service delivery in the sector can contribute to the generation of jobs and support economic activity while advancing the global decarbonization agenda. For a specified set of World Bank energy sector projects, the Consultant will prepare detailed case studies. As part of each case study, the Consultant will trace the set of activities undertaken as part of the project; develop a methodology for estimating jobs created by and as a result of the project, articulating a results chain in the process; and, applying the methodology, estimate the employment impact of the project (jobs numbers and various dimensions of job quality, earnings, etc.). Key findings from the case studies will be summarized in a note.
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Middle East and North Africa: Two opportunities for rebuilding after COVID-19 in green and inclusive ways

 

What is the best path to building better and greener after the pandemic? Leaders around the shutterstock_1379087948globe ask this question and come up with different answers. For example, the European Union puts the spotlight on nature as the strongest ally in green recovery after COVID-19. South Korea plans to invest in green cities and support new green industries and businesses, among others. The best recipe for success differs across countries and regions, but as made clear in this previous op-ed, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will need to include green and sustainable practices for a more resilient and inclusive recovery.

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eC2: Sudan Agriculture Value Chain Investment Roadmap

Deadline:  03-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

Agriculture is the backbone of the Sudanese economy, generating one-third of GDP and having a labor share of more than 50 percent. Agriculture provides livelihood to approximately two-thirds of the population. Value chains in the agriculture sector, however, remain underdeveloped and fragmented and lack integration. Increased agro-processing and trade, supported by well-directed strategic public sector investments, can unlock much greater value from agriculture. Policy-induced private investment, backed up by public sector financing to facilitate value chain development can set in motion a virtuous cycle of increased productive investment that can in turn boost government revenues from tax collections on corporate profits.
The World Bank is seeking services of a consulting firm to prepare an investment roadmap for two agricultural value chains: Sorghum and Livestock (Small Ruminants).

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World Bank Plans to Invest over $5 Billion in Drylands in Africa

 

PARIS/WASHINGTON, January 11, 2021— The World Bank plans to invest over $5 billion over the next five years to help restore degraded landscapes, improve agriculture productivity, and promote livelihoods across 11 African countries on a swathe of land stretching from Senegal to Djibouti.

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Updated estimates of the impact of COVID-19 on global poverty: Looking back at 2020 and the outlook for 2021

 

As the new year brings some hope for the fight against COVID-19, we are looking back and taking stock of the effect of the pandemic on poverty in 2020. In October 2020, using the June vintage of growth forecasts from the Global Economic Prospects, we estimated that between 88 and 115 million people around the globe would be pushed into extreme poverty in 2020. Using the January 2021 forecasts from GEP, we now expect the COVID-19-induced new poor in 2020 to rise to between 119 and 124 million. This range of estimates is in line with other estimates based on alternative recent growth forecasts.

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eC2: Private sector diagnostic in the waste sector in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan

Deadline:  10-Feb-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  water

IFC is seeking a firm or a consortium of firms (‘the Consultant”) to identify and assess potential waste sector opportunities in both the near and medium-term for IFC and private sector financing in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.

As such, the Consultant is expected to conduct:

(1) A review of the institutional and regulatory frameworks in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan for possible private sector involvement and subnational financing in the waste sector;

(2) A market assessment that includes a mapping of existing and future solid waste projects in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan; and

(3) A preliminary review (including technical and commercial criteria) of selected projects.

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Subdued Global Economic Recovery

Although global economic output is recovering from the collapse triggered by COVID-19, it will world money smallremain below pre-pandemic trends for a prolonged period. The pandemic has exacerbated the risks associated with a decade-long wave of global debt accumulation. It is also likely to steepen the long-expected slowdown in potential growth over the next decade. In his Foreword, World Bank Group President David Malpass notes that “Making the right investments now is vital both to support the recovery when it is urgently needed and foster resilience. Our response to the pandemic crisis today will shape our common future for years to come. We should seize the opportunity to lay the foundations for a durable, equitable, and sustainable global economy.”

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How Asia Pacific can turn COVID crisis into an opportunity

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Like Hydra, the many-headed monster of Greek myth, COVID-19 is proving hard to suppress even a year after the first case was confirmed in Wuhan.

For the East Asia and Pacific region, the disease has delivered a triple shock: the pandemic itself, the economic impact of containment measures, and reverberations from the global recession brought on by the crisis.  But the longer-term impact of COVID on the region will depend less on the virus than on policy decisions and how governments respond.

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GLOBAL DISRUPTIVE TECH CHALLENGE 2021: Restoring Landscapes in the Aral Sea Region

The Challenge aims to identify and support disruptive technologies and innovative approaches to landscape restoration in the Aral Sea region (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan). The challenge will select innovators (individuals or entities) from around the world to change the lives of millions of people in the Aral Sea region. Proposals obtaining the best scores will obtain Recognition and Awards in the form of cash and/or in-kind.

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This is your opportunity to help change millions of lives, while showcasing your innovative idea before a global audience.
Join the Challenge, get recognition from experts and international organizations, and become part of a restoration community.

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December 31, 2020: Our work in 2020 and the challenges ahead in 2021

A message from World Bank Group President Mr. Malpass

Friends, Malpass-IMF

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our work in 2020 and challenges ahead.

While some countries have begun a recovery from COVID-19, many continue to suffer lasting health and economic risks. The World Bank Group is working hard to address the unequal toll of the global pandemic. Since April, we have been providing support on an unprecedented scale, focusing first on the health emergency, as well as on the broader recovery goals and vaccination needs.  

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