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Is taxing sugar-sweetened beverages a sweet deal?

Blog by Ceren Ozer. Published on http://www.worldbank.org on
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB)[i] are a well-recognized adversary in the fight against sugary_drink_1140x500.pngobesity and the quest for better public health. Interest in discouraging consumption through higher taxes is growing as more jurisdictions impose them and as we learn more from their experiences. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes are one of three taxes for health highlighted in a recently published report by the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health.
Many are asking: are taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are really a sweet deal? Does such a tax enable policy makers to improve health outcomes by reducing unhealthy consumption? And does it help generate additional tax revenue for more spending on human capital?

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eC2: Brand Design and Marketing Strategy for Export Promotion – Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed Laikipia Integrated Feedlot Scheme (LIFS)initiative seeks to improve the untitledquantity and quality of livestock commodities produced in the county by the key value chain actors. More specifically, the LIFS project focuses on improved productivity across the red meat value chain from livestock production to slaughter, processing and access to markets.
The existing value chain in the county is however fragmented and characterized by limited coordination between the value chain activities and players, and disease control thus unable to compete directly in the international market with producers like Australia. For the Scheme to be bankable, preliminary findings inform of the need to focus on a differentiated product and targeting of high-value local and international markets. This assignment, therefore, seeks to engage an experienced consultant firm to develop a brand design and marketing strategy for export promotion of the products that will be produced in the LIFS value chain.

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Disaster Risk Finance: What actions for today and tomorrow?!

Blog by Alfonso Garcia Mora, World Bank Group

I had just arrived to Bali at a late hour in the evening to join the 2018 World Bank-IMF 6358578319_f8b77d314a_oannual meetings when our group, visitors from more than 189 countries along with Indonesians on the island and neighboring communities were acutely woken up at dawn with magnitude 6.4 quake that struck off the coast. Early reports by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency indicated extensive damage to infrastructure and loss of lives in the span of a few minutes. The Indonesian response that followed revealed the difference disaster risk finance can bring to families, economies and societies at large. I was humbled by what I experienced and what we can contribute -as an institution together with our partners- to manage these acute disasters more prudently, effectively and humanely.

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eC2: Improving Private Sector Participation in Dhaka Public Transport

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the consultancy is to support the preparation of Dhaka Public Transport BRTC_double_decker_bus_03652Improvement Project (DPTIP) by i) assessing and improving institutional regulatory framework and client capacity to increase private sector participation in the public transportation sector in Dhaka; and ii) assessing and recommending specific PPP options and business-financial models for the operation of the feeders associated with the BRT line from Gazipur to Mohakhali, for the associated BRT infrastructure and for the operations of the city-wide bus service. The extent of PPP potential must be well assessed and structured based on client capacity, similar experiences in Bangladesh, the relative appetite of banks and investors in Bangladesh to invest in the transport sector (including through the exploration of financing options such as leasing), and the cost/access to finance for private operators and investors.

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eC2: Technical Assistance towards strengthening supply chain management of health products and technologies in Kenya

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The RMNCAH TA MDTF is a multi-year trust fund intended to enhance effectiveness in ug-vouchers-that-make-having-a-baby-safe-and-cheap-for-some-ugandan-women-homepage-780x439achieving sustainable RMNCAH results by strengthening the health systems and support progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).

The MDTF is Bank-executed and provides effective and timely TA to develop capacity for efficient implementation of RMNCAH initiatives focusing on improving utilization and quality of essential RMNCAH services. This firm consultancy therefore aims to support selected counties to build/strengthen HPT supply chain systems into efficient, effective, responsive and sustainable systems with emphasis on the 13 lifesaving RMNCAH commodities according to the UN Commission for life saving Commodities through provision of technical assistance.

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To balance debt and development, transparency and purpose are key

Unsustainable debt. Debt distress. Debt trap. These dire terms are once again back in theindex headlines, just a decade after the global financial crisis of 2008-2009.

In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36 percent of GDP to 51 percent of GDP.  In addition, debt-service ratios in some countries are rising at an alarming pace, threatening countries’ ability to invest in much-needed infrastructure, education, health and many other needs crucial for lifting their citizens out of poverty and achieving the international community’s Sustainable Development Goals by their 2030 deadline.

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eC2: Solar PV generation at Central de Abastos, Mexico

Deadline: 18-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Determine viable Business Models for the establishment of a photovoltaic energy solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueonegeneration project at the Central de Abastos in Mexico City. This project will include the installation of solar panels and internal interconnection, as well as connection to the public network in common areas (existing ceilings and current roofless parking areas) with the objective of generating clean energy.

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Application WBG Young Professionals Program now open!

Are you a young professional thinking about a career at the World Bank? Applications toWeb the Young Professionals Program are now open until June 30. Apply today!  Be sure to watch the Live Q&A on June 10, to hear from current Young Professionals, about their experiences & tips for applying.

The World Bank Group (WBG) welcomes all qualified individuals with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Specifically, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Check out the Facebook Live: Q&A with World Bank Young Professionals Program for useful tips and information. Watch this space for an upcoming Facebook Live on June 10th.

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Newsletter June 2019: Development Works

The June 2019 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter is out! Newsletter June 2019

The newsletter ‘Development Works‘ opens with the success story of Dutch company Elsevier.

Over the last 12 years Elsevier has been working together with the World Bank (and other multilateral organizations) to support activities in emerging economies to enhance higher education and research, develop better science and technology, and improve local competitiveness.

In the article Elsevier highlights their most important successes with the World Bank of the last few years and their motivation to stay ahead of the expected challenges of Industry 4.0, as well as their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Further more an introduction of the new President of the World Bank David Malpass was published.

And if you have missed the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings or are interested in what was said during the key events in that week, you can find the most important events of the Meetings on World Bank Live.

To support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals that are used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar, and batteries for energy storage the World Bank created a facility on climate-smart mining. It will focus on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while keeping the environment and climate footprint as minimal as possible.

The report on the progress of SDG7 Energy, as well as the latest tenders, events and most popular blogs can also be found in the newsletter.

Those subscribed to the newsletter automatically received it in their inbox, if not, you can find the latest edition here. All editions of the NL4WorldBank newsletter are published on our website. If you would like to automatically receive the next newsletter when it is published, please subscribe here.

eC2: Market Assessment: Concept Development for PNG Technical Training Center for Women

Deadline: 17-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

To address both the skills gap and the gender gap, IFC, in partnership with construction

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company Rhodes PNG, is exploring the possibility of establishing a technical training college for women in PNG. Rhodes PNG has identified a site located at their Napa Napa campus, outside of Port Moresby, and have indicated they are interested in donating that site for use as a womens technical training college. IFC is now at the stage of conducting a detailed market assessment which will feed into the development of a detailed business plan for the proposed training college (Womens TVET project).

The objective of this assignment is to conduct a landscape analysis and market study to assess the feasibility of the proposed Womens TVET Project. It will include an assessment of the industry demand for skills and commitment toward supporting improved supply of skilled workers; , the current training supply in PNG; as well as the challenges and opportunities for women to access more and better training, and ultimately to access jobs. This assignment also aims to raise awareness of the project and obtain initial buy-in from industry.

Outputs under this assignment will be use to canvass potential investors and inform a go/ no go decision prior to developing a full business plan

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