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How to rekindle productivity growth, in five charts

There has been a broad-based slowdown in productivity growth since the global untitledfinancial crisis, affecting the majority of advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs).  Productivity growth is the primary source of lasting income growth, which in turn is the main driver of poverty reduction. Whereas the one-quarter of emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) with the fastest productivity growth have reduced their extreme poverty rates by an average of more than 1 percentage point per year since 1981, poverty rates rose in EMDEs with productivity growth in the lowest quartile. The broad-based slowdown in labor productivity growth over the past decade has raised concerns about progress in achieving development goals.

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eC2: Digital Financial Services and the Digitization of Agricultural Value Chains

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The objective of this study is to perform an in-depth assessment of the current state and potential of digital financial services in Iraq to better understand the opportunities for digitization of financial transactions in the country. This study will additionally provide detailed insights into opportunities for digitization of financial transactions in the agricultural value chains and improving agri-finance.

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Debt Report 2020 Edition I

For the first time, the Debt team at the World Bank Development Economics Data Group image(DECDG) will publish online a new series of Debt Reports, at regular intervals, over the course of the year. Their aim is to provide users with analyses of evolving trends and development related to external debt and public debt in individual countries and regional groups, with primary emphasis on low- and middle-income countries, and to keep users abreast of debt-related issues and initiatives.

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TechEmerge challenge- Health East Africa

The TechEmerge Health East Africa program was launched at CES 2020 as part of a index.pngWorld Bank Group (WBG) – CES Global Tech Challenge. TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets to drive sustainable innovation in regions that need it the most.

TIMELINE 2020

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eC2: Disaster Risk Finance Capacity Building Program for Francophone Africa

Deadline: 03-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The objective of the Executive Education training will be for relevant African stakeholders to: enhance their understanding of disaster risk financing strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader DRM and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skill sets to design and implement such strategies.

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eC2: Advisory Services to the Indonesia Coastal Fisheries Initiative

Deadline: 10-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

The objective of this consultancy is to identify: (1) main barriers a) for the participation of the private sector in sustainable fisheries and b) for the establishment of community private sector partnerships around sustainable fisheries; (2) advise on ways to address these barriers; and (3) present a concrete business case of return-seeking responsible investments in a specific target fishery, that incorporates the advice above, and thus informs understanding of fisheries investment risks and opportunities.

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Jobs, Skills, and the Potential of AI in Kenya

One of the advantages of artificial intelligence (AI) is that it can help us carry out tasks untitledfaster and with fewer errors than humans. I wanted to test this on analyzing labor market demand and skills gaps. So, earlier this year, I partnered with Headai, a Finnish company, to apply an AI-enabled labor market assessment tool in Kenya.  We used the tool to analyze: (a) online job advertisements from select online job portals in Kenya and (b) computer science curricula from the University of Nairobi and Moi University to identify the gaps between what the labor market is looking for and what the university curriculum is providing.

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eC2: Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ programme (GCFRP)

Deadline: 06-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

A reputable Ghanaian non-governmental organization (NGO)/firm, with significant experience and expertise working on community-based natural resource management (e.g. CREMA and HIA) and established presence in the GCFRP landscape will be contracted to work in direct collaboration to with the National REDD+ Secretariat to:
1) bring together the existing plans, knowledge, processes, structures and learning on the implementation of HIAs (including governance structures and consortiums); and then
2) use this information in 2 target HIAs to support the development of governance structures (e.g. CREMA, Sub-HIA, HIA, and Consortium), leading to the signing of Framework Agreements in partnership with the private sector and government.

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eC2: West Africa: Regional Digital Infrastructure Market Development

Deadline: 03-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 7_disruptive_tech

The objective of this assignment is two-fold: (i) to conduct a deep-dive gap analysis of the existing legal, competition and regulatory framework, and subsequent market outcomes, in 4-6 selected countries to identify specific areas that require strengthening to promote broadband infrastructure and service market development at both the country and regional levels; and (ii) based on the gap analysis, prepare Reform Roadmaps for each country, consisting of carefully sequenced reforms and investment prioritizations for the next 5 years (up to 2025). The Reform Roadmaps will identify policy and regulatory actions necessary to remove bottlenecks for digital infrastructure growth at both the wholesale and retail levels, as well as at country and regional (i.e. cross-border) levels, to ultimately prepare the foundations of a West Africa regional digital economy.

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