It is impossible these days to drive around the cities of Gabon without noticing the large billboards promoting internet access at rates that were unimaginable only a few years ago.
This is a wonderful development for Alphonse, a young, 34-year old public-sector professional. WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are all applications that this ultra-connected young man uses on his telephone for both work and pleasure.
, which can help people escape poverty. A paved road can lead to a world of possibilities for small business owners, increasing access to additional markets and suppliers, as well as opportunities to grow their businesses.
The urban infrastructure finance gap
Cities already account for approximately 70-80 percent of the world’s economic growth, and this will only increase as cities continue to grow.
The application for the 2019 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program will be open from June 14 to July 31, 2018 (midnight EST).
The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group.
It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2018 – from $555 billion to $382 billion per year. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), released today.
The report, Building Back Better: Achieving resilience through stronger, faster and more inclusive post-disaster reconstruction, assesses socioeconomic resilience and the impact of disasters on people’s well-being. It covers 149 countries, including 17 small island states, representing 95.5 percent of the world’s population.
Submitted by H.M. Queen Maxima of The Netherlands on June 14, 2018
—creating a financial system that works for all and opens the doors to greater stability and equitable progress.
This has been a demanding challenge. At the start of our engagement on financial access back in 2013, we said that having a real target with an end date would keep us focused and give us a benchmark against which we could measure progress.
Last month we learned that we have made strong and consistent progress—a real cause for celebration. According to the Global Findex database, more than half a billion people gained a financial transaction account over the last three years, thanks to a combination of technology, private investment, policy reforms, and support from the global community.
Deadline: 29-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC seeks to hire the services of consulting firm to design an online, publicly available, one-stop information hub for the off-grid energy space in Zambia, of relevance to a range of off-grid technologies and business models. The portal will provide information on Zambia’s off-grid opportunity (including GIS and other data); policy and regulatory environment, including permitting and licensing processes, the tariff framework, applicable standards and specifications; financing and support options; and procurement of off-grid solutions. IFC does not intend to host the information hub over the long-term, but will develop and transfer the hub to the appropriate governmental agency in Zambia to manage and update the information hub on a regular basis to ensure that it remains relevant and accurate.
IFC Global Agribusiness Conference, May 15-16 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Finance Corporation invites investors, private companies whose supply chains rely on smallholder farmers, organizations offering products and services, donors, and government officials to join its Global Agribusiness Conference.
The conference will focus on practical solutions to the challenges of building smallholder professionalism and closing yield gaps between commercial operations and smallholder farmers.
Deadline: 07-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the potential to develop an energy access program exploiting renewable sources, focused on two market sectors: i) solar lighting devices (solar lanterns and solar home systems, SHS) and ii) solar water heaters (SWH) based on sound market intelligence. It includes development of an initial concept for a SHS program with the purpose of developing a functioning market for supply, after-sales service and financing of such systems for the electrification of off-grid areas in Afghanistan. It is expected that the consultant will assess the current market conditions from the supply side (i.e. solar equipment and micro-finance providers) and the demand side, i.e. consumers. On the supply side, information should be gathered through stakeholder interviews and field visits whereas for the consumer side, a detailed market intelligence survey is expected to be conducted (household level, suggested 1,600 interviews). Based on the data collected, the consultant is expected to develop an initial concept for a SHS program.
Let’s Talk Development. By: Chris Jochnick, World Bank, March 19, 2018
Momentum is building behind a land rights revolution. Last year, just prior to the World Bank’s Annual Land and Poverty Conference, I wrote about the many factors pushing land to the top of the global agenda. To maintain this momentum we must pay greater attention to gender and women’s land rights.
Land is more than an important asset in the fight against global poverty and gender inequality. For most people living in poverty, it is an essential, indispensable means to leading a healthy, safe, and productive life. Despite this, hundreds of millions of people who depend on land around the world – especially women – lack access or secure tenure rights to it.
Deadline: 29-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: With 26% of electrification, and vast disparities on coverage between urban and rural areas, the provision of electricity access in Mozambique is key to promote a more equitable socioeconomic development and reduce extreme poverty. The Government of Mozambique (GOM), with Bank support, sponsored and hosted several consultations and workshops for internal and external audience to discuss sector challenges and principles for electrification. Based on this consultation process, the GOM is finalizing the preparation of a National Electrification Strategy that allows Mozambique to achieve full access by 2030, in line with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy.