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Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

According to IUCN’s ‘Global Forest Watch’, from 2001 to 2017, 337 million hectares of liberia_market_womantropical tree cover was lost globally – an area the size of India.

So, we appear to be losing the battle, if not the war, against tropical deforestation, and missing a key opportunity to tackle climate change (if tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank 3rd in emissions) and reduce poverty. A key question, then, is what can forest sector investors, governments and other actors do differently to reverse these alarming trends?

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eC2: Study to determine pro-poor urban transport interventions in Greater Monrovia

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

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The main objective of this study is to carry out a study of supply and demand of urban transport in Monrovia, develop urban accessibility analysis, identify priority investments to meet the growing mobility demand (with a focus in poor population and vulnerable groups) and develop the concept and estimated budget for priority interventions. The study will also assess ways to enhance private sector participation in the provision of bus services. The study comprises the following activities: (i) Diagnostic of Greater Monrovias current urban mobility supply and estimation of future transport demand; (ii) Accessibility analysis to social and economic opportunities; (iii) Demand/Supply analysis; (iv)Identification of priority urban mobility investments; (v) Definition of concept and estimated cost of priority urban mobility investments; and (vi) Identification of private sector opportunities in priority investments.

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eC2: Monitoring and Evaluation of Phase I Universal Health Coverage in Kenya

Deadline: 28-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct operational research to evaluate demand, supply, and implementation and institutional factors affecting UHC Phase 1 in the 4 counties selected for the pilot. A fail fast, learn fast approach will be used to promptly identify and address implementation barriers and ensure that the lessons learned are documented to further inform the UHC scale-up and are shared with other counties on time.

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Feeling Ambivalent on International Women’s Day

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I was at a UN WOMEN side event in NYC whenchart_image my phone started buzzing with well wishes for a happy women’s day from my friends in Asia, filling me with — ambivalence. To be honest, the day always leaves me with mixed feelings: despite the great strides that the world has made in women’s rights in various ways, for me, it’s also a reminder of how so many women still don’t enjoy our basic human rights.

As we’ve returned from women’s day to what in many ways is still a man’s world, I wanted to share three thoughts about the intersection of women’s rights with our data world today.

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Gender equality: Unleashing the real wealth of nations

Last week, we launched the Women, Business, and the Law report, which found that annettedespite the considerable progress that many countries have made in improving women’s legal rights over the last decade, women are still only accorded 75 percent of the legal rights that men, on average, are given. As a result, they are less able to get jobs, start businesses and make economic decisions, with economic consequences that reverberate beyond their families and communities.

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eC2: Brazil Street Lighting PPP. Consultants Expertise: PMO; Technical Street Lighting; Economic-Financial modeling.

Deadline: 30-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  PPPs

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has been mandated by the Federal Government of Brazil (GoB), through CAIXA, its state-owned development bank (the Client) to provide lead transaction advice on the development and implementation of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP or the Project) to improve the delivery of public lighting for up to 6 Municipalities (Municipalities). IFC is now looking to hire a consultant (Consultant) to work throughout the development of the transaction with expertise in: (i) Project Management Office; (ii) Technical Street Lighting, including Artistic and Special Areas Lighting; and (iii) Economic-Financial modeling.

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The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and sustainable_communities_v2-200-lowmatured.  From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes.

Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to be done to ensure that DRM efforts respond to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls.  In no small part due to gender inequalities, women are both more vulnerable to natural hazards and less likely to benefit from relief and recovery efforts than men.

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eC2: Consultancy to inform strategy and business plan for the African Medicines Agency (AMA)

Deadline: 28-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

1. Develop a strategic plan for AMA that defines AMAs strategic direction (strategic objectives) and operating model over a 5-year period that includes the transition of AMRH activities, structures, and governance into AMA.
2. Develop a business plan for AMA that defines how operations will be executed in an efficient and effective way, including the creation of a sound program management approach to deliver the plan.
3. Pressure-test the proposed criteria for both the basket of products to be evaluated and the services to be offered by AMA
4. Develop a fee-for-service model that supports the guidance development and product oversight functions of AMA linked to a solid value proposition that makes the AMA case compelling for industry and product developers and embeds predictability of processes, transparency, and accountability
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eC2: Small Hydropower Mapping in Myanmar

Deadline: 21-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) HYDRO

Myanmar is in a substantial need for new power generation capacities. The country has the lowest grid connected electrification rate in Southeast Asia, with only 42% of the population supplied. It is estimated that at least 500 MW of additional generation capacity is required to come on line annually up to 2030 to meet the growing domestic demand. Although the country has abundant freshwater resources, the hydropower sector has experienced relatively limited development compared to the identified potential total capacity. To date, no reliable information on Myanmar’s available small- and medium-size HPP potential is available, neither a comprehensive database on planned, under development and commissioned plants of these capacities exist. Therefore, in order to assess the options for development of greenfield small- and medium-size hydropower plants in Myanmar, IFC intends to collect information, prepare a database and map all HPPs in the country with the capacity between 2-30 MW.

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