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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eC2: Deyang Water PPP Project – Technical & Legal Consultant

Deadline: 14-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Jingyang District (Jingyang) is the main district of Deyang City, located in the northeast PPPsedge of the Chengdu Plain in Sichuan Province, China. The Deyang District Government is providing water and limited sanitation service. In order to address significant challenges of the local water environment and improve waters services for over 230,000 people, Jingyang District Bureau of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (the Client) is seeking to implement a comprehensive centralized water project which includes the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of existing assets, and greenfield assets for sewage treatment, water supply, pipe networks, water source protection, and a cloud IT platform.

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Year in review: 2018 in 14 facts

As 2018 has ended extreme poverty is at the lowest level in recorded history but is yearinreview2018expected to become increasingly concentrated in one region. A record number of people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and an influential new report confirms we’re running out of time to limit global warming. Yet, innovation and disruptive technologies are helping to bring clean energy to millions and connecting hundreds of millions of people to the financial system. These 14 facts tell a story about the challenges we face — and the actions needed to create a more inclusive, sustainable world.

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Picture this – what it takes to create a calendar every year on water issues

It’s often said that a picture paints a thousand words. If that’s true then, 18 years since its2019_cartoon_calendar_cover_0 inception, the Water Cartoon Calendar has produced enough material for an epic series of novels. A fixture of our water and sanitation products every year since 2000, it features cartoons combining humor with serious messages about important issues.
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Moving toward green mobility: three countries, three different paths

As discussions concluded at COP24, countries still struggle to translate their climate lu-local-bus-franz_bous-flickrcommitments into effective and socially acceptable actions. This sense of stagnation is particularly evident in transport. With 23% of energy-related GHG emissions coming from the sector, transitioning to greener mobility will be crucial to the overall success of the climate agenda. Yet the world remains largely reliant on fossil fuels to move people and goods from A to B. As shown in Sustainable Mobility for All’s Global Roadmap of Action, there are multiple policy options that could help countries move the needle on green mobility, each with their own fiscal and political costs. To illustrate this, let’s look at three countries that did take concrete measures to cut carbon emissions from transport but opted for three different options: France, Luxembourg, and Norway.

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Managing urban forced displacement to build resilient communities

Globally, around 68.5 million people have fled their homes from conflict or persecution untitled.pngeither as refugees, internally displaced persons, or asylum seekers. Contrary to what some may think, most of the displaced people don’t live in camps. In fact, it’s estimated that about 60%–80% of the world’s forcibly displaced population lives in urban areas.

The “urban story” of forced displacement is often compounded by its hidden nature. Compared to those displaced in camps, it is more difficult to track the living conditions of those displaced in urban areas, obtain precise numbers, and many are not recipients of humanitarian assistance.

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Stronger social accountability, key to closing “human capital gap”

With the creation of the World Bank’s Human Capital project and launch of the Human gpsa_forum_18_blogCapital Index in October 2018 it is fitting for social accountability practitioners to ask how countries would be able to close the ‘human capital gap’ and to be accountable for their efforts?

The Index will enable measurement and transparency and create demand for improved performance, so the Fifth Annual Global Partners Forum of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability set out to discuss precisely that question, with a focus on the role of public finance.

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