World Desertification Day: Concerted Effort in Global Resilience to Turn Back Drought and Desertification

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  • Climate and disaster risks, including drought and desertification, threaten economic growth and development gains globally.
  • In response, the World Bank, governments, international agencies, and communities are working to develop operational and technical assistance in the most vulnerable regions.
  • With consistent, systematic, and collective effort, global achievements have and can be preserved and enhanced, however, critical intervention is required.

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What’s in a number? Unpacking the 65 million-forced displacement crisis

Today on World Refugee Day, we hear once again that the number of people forcibly untitled-37043cdisplaced due to conflict and persecution has increased to 65.6 million by the end of 2016, according to UNHCR’s latest Global Trends report.

These numbers have served to galvanize attention to the severity of this crisis, providing momentum for the global community to take action. At the same time, these numbers have caused anxieties among many hosts, especially in OECD countries. Taking center stage in the political debate, it has raised questions over their ability to support all of those fleeing conflict, at times leading to fear and rising anti-refugee sentiments.

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Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance at a good life?

Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet — will they be indexmet with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He shares how the institution is working to improve the health and financial futures of people in the poorest countries by boosting investment and de-risking development.

TED Talk

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

After Ebola, Liberia’s Health System on Path to Recovery

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  • More medical training and equipment mean Liberia’s medical services have improved since the 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 4,800 people in the country
  • As a result, triage and isolation facilities in a hospital in Sinoe county helped contain a meningococcal outbreak in May 2017
  • The World Bank is one of a number of donors focusing on building up Liberia’s capacity to respond to future pandemics

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Connecting Climate Change and Health for Better Development

Climate change is already having real, measurable impacts on human health, and those 1525609725_52c22eae3d_zimpacts are expected to grow. Low- and middle-income countries are seeing the worst effects as they are most vulnerable to climate shifts and least able to adapt given weak health systems and poor infrastructure. The good news is that the cumulative impacts of climate change on health have been extensively discussed for decades and understanding is growing.

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Counting the uncounted: 1.1 billion people without IDs

The World Bank Blog: Vyjayanti T Desai

An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot officially prove their identity, accordingid4d-global-dataset to the 2017 update of the World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Global Dataset.

Identification matters

How do we prove who we are to the people and institutions with whom we interact? Imagine trying to open your first bank account, prove your eligibility for health insurance, or apply for university without an ID; quality of life and opportunities become severely restricted.  An officially-recognized form of ID is the key enabler – critical not only for exercising a wide range of rights but also for accessing healthcare, education, finance, and other essential services. According to the World Bank Group’s latest estimates, this is problematic for an estimated 1.1 billion people around the globe.

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eC2:SUPPORT TO WATER SECTOR REFORM IN ANGOLA THROUGH A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TRANSACTION IN CABINDA

Deadline: 05-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

The assignment is to assist the Government of Angola in defining the options and the strategy for structuring a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the province of Cabinda.

The expected results of the activity are to:

(i) Draw Lessons from Other PPPs in the Water Sector in Angola;

(ii) Undertake an assessment of Cabinda water utility operations;

(iii) Carry out a stakeholder engagement analysis;

(iv) Prepare options and strategy for structuring a PPP scheme in Cabinda;

(v) Support the preparation of the preferred PPP project option; and

(vi) Provide lessons learning and capacity building support

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As Natural Disasters Rise, Countries Call for Action on Resilient Crisis Recovery Planning

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  • Each year, natural disasters, compounded by climate change and conflict, cause more than $500 billion in losses
  • Yet governments, supported by the World Bank, increasingly understand that investing in disaster recovery enables them to “build back better”
  • The international community sees the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) as a call to action on recovery to make countries even more resilient to disasters

Follow up: Webinar on “How to Complain?”

Thursday June 8, 2017 from 08:00am – 10:00am Washington, DC , the World Bank held a indexPrivate Sector Webinar on “How to Complain”.

We attended the webinar and have included the Complaint Webinar PowerPoint Presentation and the Complaint guidance document.

Description

The 2016 Procurement Framework has enhanced the mechanism for handling of procurement-related complaints. The enhancements are aimed at providing fair, timely and meaningful relief to complainants while avoiding undue delays and disruptions to project implementation.

 

The webinar was conducted by the following staff:

  • Diomedes Berroa, Lead Specialist
  • Belita Manka, Senior Counsel Registration.