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eC2: Indonesia Coastal Fisheries Initiative – Challenge Fund

Deadline: 15-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The Indonesia CFI-CF Project aims to support the development of a fisheries investment package by a coalition of community, government, and businesses, and support finding an investor for the resulting investment package. One promising idea will be selected through a competitive process and awarded a contract for the development of the package. The World Bank will oversee the activities of the awardee, review project outputs, and provide guidance on analyses for ensuring that the investment package is robust (described further below).

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eC2: Digital Economy For South Asia (DE4SA)- Digital Economy Assessments

Deadline:  15-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index.jpeg

The World Bank Digital Development Global Practice (DD GP) is engaging with countries across Asia to identify new opportunities for growth and inclusion from the digital economy. These engagements have resulted in most cases from ongoing policy dialogue or investment lending programs and they reflect an interest from these countries to identify the public policies and investments that can promote their national digital economies. At the same time, there are opportunities to be realized through regional programs that could improve connectivity, access to markets, and grow the regional digital economy. In addition, there are also ongoing engagements with countries across Africa in other engagements.

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UK Commits $250 Million; Denmark, France, Netherlands Pledge $130 Million to World Bank Initiatives on Energy Storage, Solar Power and Clean Cooking

NEW YORK, September 23, 2019 – The United Kingdom pledged £200 million ($250 cookstovesmillion) to the Climate Investment Funds’ Global Energy Storage Program, which in collaboration with the World Bank’s Energy Storage Partnership aims to deliver breakthrough energy storage and renewable energy solutions at scale.

France’s Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Netherlands pledged $100 million to the Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), with the Netherlands also announcing $20 million for the Bank’s planned Clean Cooking Fund.

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The sky is not the limit: Satellites in support of smallholder farming

By: Annemarie Klaasse / Chris Aubrecht/Erick Fernandes



When you hear about satellite information in agriculture, you often imagine a farmer driving his tractor in a large field, with the help of a GPS and a fancy display showing the latest satellite derived information.

But can satellite-based earth observation technology also benefit smallholder farmers, who typically farm on land that is smaller than 2 hectares? How does it fit in with the daily reality of a smallholder farmer, who often has little information at hand, and limited access to tractors and inputs such as water, fertilizer, seeds, and pesticides?

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With a changing nature of work, a robust set of protections is needed to build and safeguard human capital

Without risk, there’s little reward. This is the gist of dozens of quotes attributable to such 27150956262_6d85daf739_onotable figures as John F. Kennedy and Yo-Yo Ma, Paulo Coelho and Rihanna. Their maxims on life hold true for markets. How can policy help people – particularly people living in poverty or vulnerable to impoverishment who arguably have the most to lose – take risks and reap greater rewards?   For as long as there has been society, risk-sharing has been an essential clause in the social contract. However, in the present period of rapid and fundamental change, this question continues to demand the attention of policy makers.

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eC2: CGAP Women in social commerce in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Pakistan: Personas, opportunities, and financial inclusion insights

Deadline: 14-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) woman

CGAP is exploring womens engagement in social commerce to understand potential implications for financial inclusion and to capture opportunities and build resilience. CGAP seeks a vendor to conceptualize and execute a blend of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, focusing on women who engage in this phenomenon. The selected firm will identify and describe the distinct personas of those who buy, sell, and play other supporting functions in social commerce; prioritize a smaller group of personas according to CGAPs research agenda and hypotheses; and identify their motivations, needs, and behaviors and explore critical questions related to livelihoods and financial inclusion. The deliverables include a report, narrative and presentation on the personas and findings for each country as well as an overarching analysis, videos on the priority segments in each country, report on the role of financial services to meet women’s needs.

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Good Outcomes through Growth: Paths to Development Success: World Bank Group President David Malpass Remarks at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

It’s good to be back at the Peterson Institute. I’m eager to hear your views on the challenging subjects of growth and development. It’s a timely discussion, given the many immediate challenges facing the world, including Brexit, negative interest rates, trade frictions, and rising poverty rates in many developing countries. There’s a range of development issues to tackle, including barriers facing the private sector, full inclusion of women, and severe problems in health, education, the environment and infrastructure, to name several.

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Published on Voices The private sector can be a powerful partner in West Africa and the Sahel

Economic growth has the power to transform societies, boost prosperity, and enable senegal-farhat-0729citizens to thrive. But for that economic growth to benefit the poorest members of society, it must be accompanied by more and better jobs, one of main routes out of poverty. That is why job creation remains a top development priority—and a critical challenge.

As I prepare to head to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the 2019 Development Finance Forum, it is useful to remember that the private sector is a key player in development. A vibrant private sector is a powerful driver of jobs and can underpin sustainable economic growth, fueling innovation and poverty reduction.

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eC2: Consulting Assignment for a Consulting Firm for the Better Life Farming Alliance Project in India

Deadline: 03-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Picture1

The Consulting Firm is required to undertake the following activities under the assignment which will be divided into two phases. The second phase of the assignment will be extended to the Consulting Firm contingent on satisfactory delivery and submission of all deliverables outlined under the scope of Phase I.
PHASE I : Under Phase I, the Consulting Firm will provide support in the design of the technical assistance and capacity building strategy of the project.
PHASE II: The second phase of the project will primarily be on the design of the training modules by IFC and delivery of entrepreneur trainings on ground based on TNA.

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Newsletter September 2019: Aid & Trade

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The newsletter ‘Aid & Trade‘ opens with the success story of Dutch company Philips.

Royal Philips has been working with the World Bank Group for over a decade joining forces on important projects like the human capital index and along with its industry peers has been invited by the World Bank to provide input on a guidance document for the Bank’s clients on understanding how to procure medical diagnostic imaging equipment.

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