Wastewater treatment: A critical component of a circular economy

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The 8th World Water Forum was held in Brazil a few days ago. What’s ironic is that the more than nine thousand of us attending this Forum were discussing water-related issues in a city of three million grappling with a severe water shortage. After checking in at my hotel, the first thing I found in my room was a notice from the Government informing guests of this crisis and recommending ways to reduce water use. We recently learned of the predicament in Cape Town, South Africa, which was on the verge of running out of this essential liquid—a plight facing many cities around the world.

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Strategic Health Purchasing for Universal Health Coverage in Indonesia Phase 2 Strategic Health Purchasing for Priority Programs

Deadline: 24-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Support for Strategic Purchasing in Priority Programs (Phase 2, 2018-2019)is a continuation of the Phase 1 ‘Strategic Health Purchasing Technical Support’ (2016-2018)which was focusing on functional and regulatory review of strategic purchasing under JKN. Phase 2 will implement the strategic health purchasing based on findings from Phase 1, including identify options for improving purchasing and provider payment arrangements through a facilitated participatory technical working group (TWG) process for TB and Maternal Health, institutionalize capacity for budget impact analysis in BPJS and or P2JK -MOH to routinely assess the potential impact of alternative provider payment options on JKN expenditures and sustainability; and design options for a routine monitoring system for BPJS, MOH especially P2JK-MOH and other stakeholders to effectively monitor budget and service delivery impacts of provider payment arrangements for the national priority programs,namely TB and MNH service delivery
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Teachers and trust: cornerstones of the Finnish education system

Public school teachers in Brazil, Indonesia or Peru have stable jobs, enjoy high level of kids_in_finland3legal protection, and are part of teacher unions that shield them politically. Public school teachers in Finland also have stable jobs and are rarely fired. They are represented by a powerful teacher union, which is very influential among other stakeholders in policy discussions. Why do student learning outcomes among these countries vary dramatically?1. Teachers’ prestige, selection and training

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eC2:Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Coordination, Planning and Policy Advisory Capacity of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Deadline:  22-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The overall objective of this assignment is to contribute to disaster risk management related research and policy advice in support of ECCAS as well as capacity enhancement interventions to benefit ECCAS Member States and key stakeholders like media, academia, civil society organizations, NGOs and the private sector to better contribute in the implementation of DRR activities in Central Africa.

More specifically, the assignment has three main objectives:
(i) Provide policy research related to disaster risk management, with particular emphasis on flood risk management, in the ECCAS region;
(ii) Facilitate South-South knowledge exchange and best practices sharing on DRM.
(iii) Facilitate DRR training and capacity enhancement for the ECCAS Secretariat and experts from Member States related to disaster risk management.

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DRIVE co-finances the installation of water connections in northeastern Mozambique

Under the DRIVE scheme, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) will co-finance theDRIVE-schenkingsarrangement-Mozambique-header.jpg construction of a water treatment plant, water pipelines, water reservoirs and pumping stations near Nacala in northeastern Mozambique together with the World Bank. The drinking water company FIPAG is responsible for implementing the project.

On 30 November 2018, the Mozambique Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources João Osvaldo Machatine and the Dutch deputy ambassador Michiel van der Pompe signed a DRIVE grant arrangement amounting to €21,605,000. The World Bank will contribute the same of amount of financing to the project, which will be completed in approximately three years.

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Entrepreneurs in fragile, conflict and violence-affected countries face unique mental health challenges

Fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) have become some of the most pressing threats to 8120307280_4f83939c5f_k_1economic development. Over 2 billion people live in FCV countries, and it is expected that by 2030 nearly 50 to 60 percent of the world’s poorest people will live in areas affected by conflict. This can pose major socioeconomic challenges, including a reduction of gross domestic product growth by 2 percentage points per year and driving youth to join rebellions due to conflict-driven unemployment.

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eC2: Technical Advisory Services on Universally Accessible Infrastructure Design – Vietnam Scaling up Urban Upgrading Project

Deadline: 21-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vietnam

This assignment aims to provide capacity building support and technical assistance to seven participating cities in the Mekong Delta under World Bank SUUP Project to incorporate universal accessibility to urban planning and infrastructure design. There are three main tasks: 1) Provision of advisory services on detailed design for universally accessible infrastructure (provide recommendations for each subtype of infrastructure), 2)Preparation of design guidelines to incorporate universally accessible infrastructure principles and design and 3) Provision of training on universally accessible infrastructure principles and design. Supporting tasks include a rapid review of Vietnamese legal and regulatory framework on universally accessible infrastructure design and development, assessing baseline and needs in the cities and sharing global experiences on universal accessibility. The duration of the assignment is for 12 months.

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Across Africa, disaster risk finance is putting a resilient future within reach

Sub-Saharan Africa knows more than its fair share of disasters induced by natural across-africa-disaster-risk-finance-is-putting-a-resilient-future-within-reach-780x439.jpghazards. The past few months alone have seen drought in the Horn of Africa, floods in Mali and Rwanda, and landslides in Ethiopia and Uganda. Between 2005 and 2015, the region experienced an average of 157 disasters per year, claiming the lives of roughly 10,000 people annually.

Disasters can have a debilitating impact on countries’ growth and development prospects. Losses from disasters are only expected to rise as the impacts of climate change intensify across the region. Given these challenges, governments have often been reliant on external aid and budget reallocation to pay for disaster recovery. However, this financing strategy comes at a cost. Uncertainty and delays in aid flows tend to complicate planning for relief and recovery efforts, and budget reallocations can divert funding from vital development programs.

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eC2: Investment Readiness Support Program for Moroccan Climate Entrepreneurs

Deadline: 20-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) climate

The objective of IFC’s Morocco Climate Entrepreneurship project is to contribute to unlocking clean technology markets in Morocco by building the capacity of the Cluster Solaire and Moroccan ecosystem players to support green ventures in Morocco. This will in turn help contribute to creating high-quality jobs in the sustainable energy and other cleantech sectors while helping Morocco mitigate and adapt to climate-related challenges through local solutions and stimulating growth.

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eC2: Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria: Access to Finance & Markets Diagnostic

Deadline: 21-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank will employ the services of a specialized firm to conduct a diagnostic which shall help inform the design of interventions to support women-led SMEs (WSMEs) in Nigeria in accessing finance and markets. Specifically, this assignment includes:

i) Mapping: Gather evidence on target beneficiaries (women entrepreneurs with high growth potential) to develop a diagnostic tool and provide the basis for design of tailored capacity building. This will include a creation of a taxonomy for various types of WSMEs, a targeted database of WSMEs and data collection (targeted survey, focus groups, etc.) to help understand WSMEs’ capacity building needs;

ii) Ecosystem Diagnostic: The ecosystem diagnostic will identify and understand the perspective of the various stakeholders affecting the ability of women entrepreneurs to start and grow a business (investors, customer base, competitors, business associations, business development service providers, government agencies, etc.). Focus groups and interviews will help understand the gap, market and institutional, between what is available and what is required for WSMEs to access finance and take advantage of market opportunities;

iii) Market assessment: Mapping of bank and non-bank providers, products, and regulatory barriers, including for Fintech adoption, to inform design of FinTech solutions/movable asset-based lending, and/or savings products tailored to WSMEs’ needs.

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