Over the past decades, education investments in the developing world have led to unprecedented enrollment rates. Yet, even with these historic investments, children sit in classrooms every day without learning. More than a schooling crisis, we face a learning crisis. Despite progress in countries as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia and Peru, millions of children leave school without knowing how to read a paragraph or solve a simple two-digit subtraction.
Deadline: 30-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This study shall address the issues on market barriers, technology barrier, financing barrier, policy barriers, etc. Characteristics of the study will examine to the influence towards investment, saving and expected gains for each sector, and successful adaption of the program. The study should recommend on the role of the IFC advisory services in near future for the sector and techno-commercial feasibility of the program.
Mangroves are weeds; if you give them half a chance they grow in some of the most inhospitable environments; with their knees in seawater and their trunks in the air. They create forested barriers between the wrath of the seas and our coastal communities providing benefits in coastal defense and fisheries. Unfortunately there are too many examples where we have not given mangroves half a chance; hundreds of thousands of hectares have been lost to pollution, aquaculture and other developments. These represent real losses to the coastal communities – often some of the most vulnerable communities living in the highest risk areas.
Deadline: 18-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is looking to hire a consultant firm to conduct a market study to identify challenges and opportunities as well as potential stakeholders of green financing products in both Indonesia and Vietnam (Consultant). This market study should be carried out with the objective to identify opportunities/feasibility for advisory services and investments by IFC relating to financing for green buildings in Indonesia and Vietnam. The study shall provide (1) an overview of the market, including status quo and challenges; and (2) feasible opportunities, especially ones where IFC can invest or engage.
Deadline: 02-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The primary objectives of the assignment is to identify the actions necessary for ENERCA to achieve its recovery and development objectives and to secure private sector participation for its management. Five activities are envisaged at this stage: (i) Diagnostic and establishment of baseline indicators to monitor ENERCA performances (ii) Establishment of target indicators to be achieved in a three to five years horizon; (iii) Development of a financial plan for ENERCA; (iv) Development of a business plan for ENERCA including key actions to be implemented in a 3 to 5 year horizon. (v) Development different business development paths for ENRCA over the long term. Fluency in French is essential to carry out the assignment.
While the share of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa decreased from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012, the region’s rapid population growth outpaced the decrease in poverty, resulting in higher number of poor people than before. More specifically, Africa’s urban population is expected to triple in size in the next half century, which is putting pressure on scarce resources in cities, exacerbated by capacity, budget and governance bottlenecks. The densely-populated areas with low levels of water and sanitation services pose a serious threat to public health – cholera epidemics have broken out in urban areas in several African countries in recent years.
Have you ever walked around a megastore, lost in the aisles of choices, only to go home without the one item you set out for? Conversely, have you ever wandered into a much smaller “mom and pop” shop and found everything you need?
Many reasons compel us to support small and medium businesses: tailored knowledge, personalized service, and the satisfaction of contributing directly to the local economy.
“Hurricane Harvey Has Knocked Out 25 Percent of Gulf Gas Production” – GIZMODO
“This storm has already left hundreds of thousands without power along the Texas coast. And there are reports of significant damage to buildings in Rockport, Texas, near where the storm made landfall Friday night. At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said it may be ‘several days before outages can be addressed’ due to continued high winds.” – VOX
Technology and the internet are probably the first things that come to mind when you think about the future of work for young people; not agriculture or farming. This makes historic sense, as agriculture sheds labor when countries develop. And the traditional ways of producing food do not look particularly sexy. Yet, technology and the internet are also opening up opportunities for agriculture, and urbanization and changing diets are calling for new ways to process, market and consume our foods. So, can agriculture provide job opportunities for youth?