Africa needs to seize this growth opportunity

This week’s UK-Africa Investment Summit will provide a welcome business-focused 20170516-kenya-farhat-8120forum for leaders to assess the challenges and opportunities for African countries.  Throughout the summit, I will stress the importance – and difficulty – of transformational improvements in economic programs. Faster, more sustained and broad-based growth is the only path to creating the jobs and stability needed for the millions of young people reaching working age and is vital to the World Bank’s mission of alleviating poverty and raising living standards.

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eC2: Disaster Risk Finance Capacity Building Program for Francophone Africa

Deadline: 03-Feb-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

The objective of the Executive Education training will be for relevant African stakeholders to: enhance their understanding of disaster risk financing strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader DRM and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skill sets to design and implement such strategies.

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eC2: Public Expenditure Reviews of the Water Sector in select countries in Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

Deadline: 23-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

In each country, the main objectives of the planned PER are:
1. To identify strategic programs and activities in the water sector, consistent with its other objectives particularly those related to macroeconomic stability and public financial management
2. To make assessment of the funding gaps and efficiency gaps (both allocative efficiency and technical efficiency) in the water sector and develop appropriate polices for improving efficiency and effective channelization of financial resources to reach agreed sector goals.
3. To support the design and delivery of effective water services.

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Doing more—and better—for Africa’s food system in the face of climate change

Africa’s food systems are in the throes of a climate crisis.  From devastating droughts in Southern Africa and West Africa to cyclones and flooding in East Africa, extreme weather is threatening crops and livestock and putting millions of Africans at risk for food insecurity. 237 million people suffer from chronic undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, a number that rose in 2017, derailing gains that were made in previous years. The message from the headlines is loud and clear: We urgently need to adapt Africa’s agriculture and food system to climate change. And we need to act now. 

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eC2: Public Expenditure Reviews of the Water Sector in select countries in Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

Deadline:  23-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

In each country, the main objectives of the planned PER are:
1. To identify strategic programs and activities in the water sector, consistent with its other objectives particularly those related to macroeconomic stability and public financial management
2. To make assessment of the funding gaps and efficiency gaps (both allocative efficiency and technical efficiency) in the water sector and develop appropriate polices for improving efficiency and effective channelization of financial resources to reach agreed sector goals.
3. To support the design and delivery of effective water services.

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eC2: Closing Gaps in Womens Employment in the Africa Energy Sector Terms of Reference | AFR Womens Employment Consultancy

Deadline: 13-Jan-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) rw_gender_ag_blog

There will be key criteria for the development of the deliverables:
1. Gender Gaps: A focus on gender equality priorities across the categories policy, leadership, employment, is expected.
2. Client Focus: The focus will be on providing relevant content and recommendations( strategies/remedial actions, activities and programmes) to the WB and KenGen which will be focused in the energy sector and other sectors such as education etc.
3. Partnerships: The consultant will be expected to map out feasible partnerships with e.g. like minded companies and institutions professional associations, universities and NGOs as part of the outputs delivered.
4. Budget and Sustainability: Key will be mapping costs and timelines of the interventions proposed in the gender options analysis. This is essential for sustainability.
5. Key Performance Indicators. What will be the success factors
6. Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. Define how to measure success

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The real costs of illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade: $1 trillion–$2 trillion per year

Illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade rob the world of precious natural resources – original_ww174946and ultimately of development benefits and livelihoods.  The statistics are grim: an elephant is poached for its tusks about every 30 minutes, an African rhino for its horn every 8 hours, one in five fish is caught illegally, and in certain countries, particularly in Africa and South America, 50% to 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally.  As much as 35% of the value of all illegal trade is estimated to come from rosewood.

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Inclusive and Trusted Digital ID Can Unlock Opportunities for the World’s Most Vulnerable

Juan and his family fled their home during Peru’s 1995 insurgency. Like many other ID4DPeruvians, they left behind all of their possessions, including their IDs and other documents. Without an ID, Juan—along with 3 million other Peruvians whose civil registration records were lost or destroyed during this period—was unable to enroll in school or access basic social services.

Mariam, a cross border trader from Uganda, struggled to earn a livelihood because of the difficulty she faced in crossing the border to buy and sell goods in Kenya. Without the necessary IDs, she could not pass through regular border crossings and was forced to travel long distances in dangerous areas that left her vulnerable to theft and exploitation.

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The Future of Work in Africa: Making Productive Investments for More and Better Jobs

There are uncertainties and misconceptions about the impact of digital technologies on20190725-thefutureofworkafrica1140 the future of work. Will robots replace humans in the work place? Will digital technologies create a new “digital divide” and widen inequalities between the higher-educated connected and lower-educated unconnected people? Will new opportunities open up for African countries to create jobs, improve incomes, reduce poverty and climb up the development ladder?

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eC2: Assessment of economic circularity options in the plastics sector in Nigeria

Deadline: 17-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objectives of the market assessment are to understand the plastics sector in Nigeria, anticorruptionas well as scope out opportunities for impactful private sector interventions structured around circular supply chain for plastics. The assessment will specifically focus on the food & beverage and textile/garment value chains and associated packaging activities in Nigeria. It will look into overall market size for applicable types of plastics, current practices for the use of plastics material, as well as recycling, reuse and disposal practices. The study will scope out value chain players and opportunities to increase the circularity linkages, including through offset of the virgin raw materials.

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