Calling all innovators with sustainable cooling solutions!

IFC’s award-winning match-making program, TechEmerge, has launched its new unnamedSustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia) to drive innovation in climate-smart, energy-efficient cooling technologies, products, and services, where it’s needed most. Phase one focuses on Latin American cities, specifically those in Mexico and Colombia, and will match innovators from across the world with leading local companies and municipalities to pilot projects and build commercial partnerships. Click here to respond to our open call. Applications close September 18, 2020.


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Learn about the benefits of joining the Tech Emerge Sustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia), how to apply to our open call, our match-making process, market opportunities, pilot funding, and the valuable support participants receive from our panel of respected industry advisors. We have two timeslots designed to make it easy for you to participate, no matter where you are located.


August 18, 2020
11:00 AM -12:30 PM EST
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August 19, 2020
9:00 PM -10:30 PM EST
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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the Play Challenge, an open call Desafio Play imagen pequeñato identify educational video games, platforms or digital products that use gamification to develop, measure or certify 21st century skills.

Participate in the Play Challenge with your digital solution!

The 15 finalists will be considered by the IDB as a solution within the 21st century skills regional project, with possibilities to be implemented in the region. The IDB Group will evaluate the capacity of the proposing entities to implement their innovative models. Furthermore, the solutions will be analyzed to obtain evidence of their effectiveness and viability. In addition, regardless of their financing, they will become part of the IDB`s network of global innovators working in the region to exchange knowledge, experiences, best practices, and plenty of opportunities to participate in regional networking events. Finally, the winning solution will receive $ 10.000 USD.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

In India, air quality has been improving despite the COVID-19 lockdown

India is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities. An unintended but welcomeshutterstock_761795974 consequence of the lockdown to contain the coronavirus has been improved air quality throughout the country.  Our assessment of India’s air quality trends has found another underlying and positive trend: air quality has been improving across the country since 2018, and this has nothing to do with the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Growing Threat of Air Pollution

Poor air quality has come to be recognized as a serious health risk and drag on economic development in India. Air quality has been deteriorating across the country since the 1990s, and in 2017 as much as 97 percent of the country’s population was estimated to be exposed to unhealthy levels of ambient PM2.5.  Though there are many types of air pollutants, these small particulates in the air, about one-thirtieth the width of a human hair, are the most harmful to human health.  They can penetrate deep into the lungs, enter the bloodstream and cause deadly illnesses such as lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

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7 ways to help understand the world’s challenges in 2020—and have hope for the future

Unprecedented, devastating, pervasive. No matter how you describe the COVID-19 KenyaLeaderpandemic, for billions around the world the virus has changed life as we knew it.  We are living through a remarkable period of history, one that will affect each of us for decades to come.

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Global Gas Flaring Jumps to Levels Last Seen in 2009

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2020 — Estimates from satellite data show global gas flaring gasincreased to levels not seen in more than a decade, to 150 billion cubic meters (bcm), equivalent to the total annual gas consumption of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The 3% rise, from 145 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2018 to 150 bcm in 2019, was mainly due to increases in three countries: the United States (up by 23%), Venezuela (up by 16%), and Russia (up by 9%). Gas flaring in fragile or conflict-affected countries increased from 2018 to 2019: in Syria by 35% and in Venezuela by 16%, despite oil production flattening in Syria and declining by 40% in Venezuela.

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Social protection for migrants during the COVID-19 crisis: The right and smart choice

The COVID-19 pandemic and the transmission control measures it has necessitated have migrants_blogabruptly halted the movement of people that characterizes our interconnected world. The implications are enormous for migrants, who rely on working away from home to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Many of them are now in conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The pandemic is also affecting critical sectors like agriculture where labor shortages are looming.

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With COVID-19, the case for sustainable transport is stronger than ever

As cities gradually exit COVID-19 quarantines and reopen their economies, some

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

observers are suggesting that public transport might increase contagion risk and that private cars should be considered the only safe alternative.

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The role of trade in promoting women’s equality

New trends in global trade—especially the rise in services, global value chains, and the digital economy—are opening up important economic opportunities for women. A new report marks the first major effort to quantify how women are affected by trade through the use of a new gender-disaggregated labor dataset.

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The circular economy can support COVID-19 response and build resilience

IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program

We are very pleased to inform you that today we launched an International Call for logo_ifcInnovation under the IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program.

Companies interested in joining the TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling program can apply from now until September 18, 2020.

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