eC2: Africa CDC: Strengthening Regional Public Health Institutions and Capacity for Surveillance and Response (P168268)

Deadline: 06-May-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

In recognition of the serious health challenges and the global dimension of the epidemic threats, the African Union Heads of States and Governments established the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a specialized agency of the African Union Commission and formally launched its operations on January 31, 2017.
The Africa CDC operates through three levels: (i) a secretariat based at the African Union headquarters (HQ) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (ii) five Regional Collaborating Centers (RCCs) located in Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia; and (iii) the National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) and Centers of Excellence. To assure a coherent network between the RCCs, the NPHIs and Centers of Excellence, Africa CDC launched the Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Network (RISLNET) as an integrated platform for strengthening national and regional surveillance and laboratory systems; and harnessing existing public health assets for disease prevention.

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Moonshot Africa and jobs

Is new technology “transformative” or “disruptive”?  I’ve heard this topic hotly debated indexat meetings both within the World Bank and more broadly.  The issue is not just linguistic hair-splitting.  Technology optimists prefer the first term and see new technologies, digitization in particular, as an opportunity for low-income developing countries to leapfrog into the 21st century. Moonshot Africa, an ambitious World Bank initiative to connect individuals, firms, and governments in Africa to fast internet is inspired by this vision. Technology pessimists on the other hand emphasize the disruptive effects digital technologies are expected to have on labor markets. Concerns about robots and algorithms replacing human labor increasingly dominate the public debate not only in advanced economies, but also in emerging and developing economies. Against this background, it is natural to ask how these two views are compatible. To be more specific: How will Moonshot Africa create jobs on a continent where job creation is needed more than anywhere else in the world with Africa’s working-age population projected to rise by 70% in the next twenty years?

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Scaling up innovations in agriculture: Lessons from Africa

For too long the narrative surrounding Africa’s agri-food sector has been one of limited scaling-up-innovations-in-agriculture-lessons-from-africa-780x439.jpgopportunity, flat yields and small farms. It’s true that Africa is still producing too little food and value-added products despite recent efforts to increase investment, and that agricultural productivity has been broadly stagnant since the 1980s as shown in the 2018 African Agriculture Status Report.

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eC2: Capacity building in support of weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger

Deadline: 04-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is one of the implementing partners of the Climate Risk and Early pexels-photo-831890.jpegWarning Systems (CREWS) initiative and through the CREWS initiative provides complementary technical assistance to the national hydrological and meteorological services of Mali and Niger in capacity building and institutional strengthening for national weather, water and climate services, early warning system. The World Bank is looking for a qualified consulting firm (incl. universities or similar institutions) to deliver technical assistance with this regard.

The overall objective of this assignment is to strengthen the capacity of the national hydro-meteorological services of Mali and Niger. More specifically, the consultancy has four main objectives: (a) Provide guidance for strengthening technical and human capacity of all relevant stakeholders in Mali and Niger; (b) Provide tailored short courses to strengthen the technical capacity of the technical experts of the national hydrometeorological services in Mali and Niger; (c) Provide guidance on the communication and awareness raising for effective weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger; and (d) provide guidance on investment planning and public-private services for effective weather, water and climate services in Mali and Niger.

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eC2: Enabling Environment and Development of PPP Framework in Urban Sanitation

Deadline: 20-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Water supply and sanitation subsector is among the focus areas that the Federal untitledDemocratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) has considered among the pro poor sectors. With this understanding the World Bank is extending its support through different interventions. The World Bank Group is supporting the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to achieve its national targets set under GTP II through availing resources to different sectors and sub sectors.
One of the major interventions of the World Bank is the support extended to improve the services delivery in Addis Ababa and 22 secondary towns under the Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (SUWSSP). Implementation of the project is an opportunity to improve sanitation services delivery and water supply in Addis Ababa and in the secondary and regional towns. This project is a logical continuation of the Ethiopian Urban Water Supply and Sanitation project which was closed in December 2017. Unlike the prior projects the SUWSSP has a wider perspective of reaching different segment of the community by adopting City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) approach. The model provides opportunity to start with understanding the context, planning for cost effective solution, and consultation with end users. Except Addis Ababa, all project beneficiary towns had limited experience of delivering sanitation focused project and their current staffing for sanitation is also limited.
The SUWSSP has three major components (i) Addis Ababa sanitation and operational efficiency improvement, (ii) Secondary cities and towns sanitation, water supply, and operational efficiency improvement, and (iii) Program management (Federal and regional level). The first two components further divided into three sub-components focusing on sanitation services improvement, water utilities performance improvement and utility modernization and institutional capacity strengthening.

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Annual Meetings 2018 LIVE EVENT: Boosting Productivity in Africa: The Role of Human Capital

Attend the LIVE EVENT Boosting Productivity in Africa: The Role of Human Capital at Annual Meetings 2018 Online and join in on the discussion.

October 13, 2018 | 9:00 WITA (Bali. Indonesia)
October 12, 2018 | 21:00 ET
October 13, 2018 | 1:00 GMT

Follow the event on Twitter #AfricaSOR and join the discussion.

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eC2: Climate Change Risk Assessment for Mpatamanga Project in Malawi

Deadline: 03-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Assignment Description: The objective is to conduct a Climate Risk Assessment for theHYDRO Mpatamanga Hydropower Project in Malawi, using the BEta version of the World Bank’s Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guidelines.

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eC2: Kenya SME Road Construction Program

Rural Infra in CambodiaDeadline: 16-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeks to accelerate the development of Kenyan MSME road contractors to enable them to submit more qualified bids and win more contracts in public sector road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. The Kenya SME Road Contractors project would like to scale up the business skills of MSMEs engaged in road construction activities, with the aim of increasing their opportunities in the sector.

The overall objective of the assignment is the delivery of a business management training Program which will target Kenyan road contractors registered with Kenya National Construction Authority (NCA) in the categories NCA3 NCA6 to enhance their business management skills and capabilities to strengthen the efficiency of their business operations. This will include training on practical bidding skills and project management.

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eC2: Mozambique SLWRMP midline data collection

MOZAMBIQUEDeadline: 05-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Survey Firm for Agriculture Household Listing, Plot Mapping and Baseline Data Collection Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management Project (SLWMRP) Mozambique.

The Mozambique Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management Project (SLWRMP), financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aims to increase the resilience of communities towards the adverse impacts of climate change through the development of 56 small scale irrigation kits, covering either 5 or 10 ha, in the Southern province of Gaza. The Gaza province is one of the most adversely affected provinces in terms of climate change events with frequent occurrence of droughts in the northern parts and floods in the coastal areas of the province. The Project is being implemented in the four districts of Guija, Mabalane, Chicualacuala and Massengena. The data collection activities will feed into the rigorous evaluation of the project.

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The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

down-syndrome-boy-with-phoneIn 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all individuals.

Today, 65 million primary school-age children are not in school – close to half of them are children with disabilities. Even children with disabilities who do enroll are far less likely to complete school than others. Some estimates suggest that less than 5% of children with disabilities will graduate. This has led to a world where only 3% of adults with disabilities are literate – with, shockingly, only 1% of women with disabilities being literate.

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