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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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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Developing countries want more action on climate: The World Bank is stepping up

By Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managingfloods.jpgDirector of Operations

I have read the many reports that summarize the dire state of the climate and our planet’s worsening prospects. I know the hard statistics docum

enting rising temperatures, the increasing intensity of natural disasters and warmer seas. I have been meeting with representatives from developing countries who have one request: we need less talk and more action on climate.  

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Non-economic impacts of migration – winners and losers

In observance of the International Migrants Day, Dec 18

An Aging Nation

Chart 1: Ratio of working-age adults per retirement-age person

Immigration has a positive influence on the social and cultural fabric in host countries. In addition to its economic benefits which are well discussed in the World Bank Group Report, migration has a wide range of non-economic benefits for receiving countries. In host countries, immigration can help reverse or at least delay demographic decline and population aging due declining fertility. According to the US Census Bureau (2018),the ratio of working age adults to retirement-age persons is projected to decline to 2.5 by 2060, from 3.5 in 2020 (Chart 1). However, projections indicate that US population growth will be primarily driven by immigration after 2030 (See Chart 2).


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Venezuelan Migration: The 4,500-Kilometer Gap Between Desperation and Opportunity

How many kilometers are you prepared to walk to flee hunger? For Venezuelans, no migracionvenezolana1distance is too great to escape their country’s economic and social collapse.

Latin America has a long history of migration, but today an unprecedented exodus is unfolding. Between 2016 and November 2019, more than 4.6 million men, women, and children have left Venezuela in search of a better future, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Venezuelan migration is the largest human mobilization in the region’s recent history. Migrants are fleeing a humanitarian and economic crisis that has exacerbated a decline in public safety and living standards.

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eC2: National Multi-Tier framework Energy Access Household Energy Survey

Deadline: 23-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Survey

A reputed firm with extensive experience in household surveys is sought to conduct the baseline survey on energy access in Burkina Faso using the World Bank multi-tier framework approach to track progress towards SDG7. The survey will be nationally representative and will be administered in both urban and rural localities and will also include community surveys. The firm will work with the World Bank-ESMAP to pre-test, finalize, and implement the survey. Data collection should be carefully monitored to ensure high-quality information. The firm will provide capacity building to Ministry of Energy and National Statistics and Demography Institute (INSD) to ensure continuity on tracking of energy indicators. After completing the fieldwork, the firm will deliver the final dataset and summary report to the World Bank-ESMAP.

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eC2: Vietnam Promote Private Sector Participation in Waterways Operations and Maintenance via Performance Based Contracts (PBCs)

Deadline: 11-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water-pollution-cartoon

The objectives of the assignment are to (i) review the existing regulatory arrangements and recommend specific regulatory revisions that could be undertaken to introduce PBCs in waterways; (ii) analyze and mitigate gaps in the private sector for their active participation in PBCs; (iii) develop PBC bidding template documents for VIWAs future use and identification of waterways that could be used for PBC pilots; and (iv) develop and implement capacity building of VIWA to implement PBCs.

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Business Opportunities Fair Recap & Presentations

Event details: Washington, D.C. | October 29-31, 2019
World Bank Group's Business Opportunities Fair: Climate-Smart En

The 2019 event focused on climate-smart energy solutions and brought together a diverse group of companies with about 160 participants from around the world interested in the work of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the energy sector.

The two-and-a-half-day program intended to provide information on the energy sector strategies, priorities, and portfolios of the World Bank Group (WBG) and other IFIs, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2019: Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future

December 02, 2019 | 8:30 ET, 13:30 GMT  to December 03, 2019 | 18:30 ET, 23:30 GMTHome-Page-Banner-01

Preston, Washington, D.C.

Agenda available here

Cities are places of opportunity: 80% of global GDP is created in cities, helping hundreds of millions lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Over recent decades, cities have become a magnet for talent, investment, and for youth seeking a prosperous future.

The promise offered by cities is driving unprecedented population growth, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Globally, 4 billion people – more than half the global population – live in cities. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, and a third of the world’s population will be housed in cities with 1 million or more inhabitants.

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