eC2:GEOHAZARD RISK MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENT ROAD ASSET MANAGEMENT IN BANGLADESH

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Objective: The proposed project adopts a systematic approach to assist the Governments of Bangladesh to determine their climate and seismic risks of geo hazard in transport sector. Landslides in Bangladesh have been considered relatively minor compared to flooding. However, with the recent intensified rainfalls during monsoon and unplanned hill cuttings and deforestation in the hill tracts areas, the number of landslides costing people’s lives and properties has been increased in this decade. The project will assess the climate and seismic risks of the roads in Sylhet and Chittagong Hill Tract Districts and identify the highest impact/hot spot areas. Once the priority hotspots are identified, detailed site specific risk assessments will be made and detailed planning process will be conducted with all the relevant specialized agencies. The determination of the hot spots will be done looking at historical evidence on the landscape over time, rainfall data, traffic volume and use by the local communities. Consultations will be conducted with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and other relevant departments including Road Highway Department (RHD). Duration of the assignment is 10 months.

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eC2: Business Plan Development for the Bangladesh Wastewater Treatment Sector treating Textile Manufacturing Effluent

Waste water plantDeadline: 17-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: IFC is keen to initiate the textile wastewater treatment market in Bangladesh, by creating a holding company (the Platform) that will invest in wastewater treatment plants and provide treatment services to textile companies in Bangladesh. The Platform will also serve as a basis for developing and demonstrating successful business models and technologies for treating wastewater for the textile sector in Bangladesh. To initiate this plan, IFC is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to help develop a business plan to address the wastewater treatment requirement of these WDF units. The Consultant will define the strategy and profitability of this business and its development prospects. The Consultant will work closely with the IFC to determine the best strategy to approach the market and also help develop a strong pipeline of potential immediate opportunities the Platform can pursue.

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Lessons from the Field: Bangladesh, Mobile Money and Financial Literacy for Women

MFS-Bangladesh_780x439.pngThe World Bank Group’s (WBG) Universal Financial Access 2020 (UFA2020) envisions that all adults worldwide will have access to a transaction account or an electronic instrument to store money, send payments and receive deposits by 2020.

The lack of financial inclusion is a pressing issue in Bangladesh, and women are disproportionately excluded: only 26% of women have accounts at financial institutions. Mobile financial services (MFS) are well positioned to deliver financial services to segments that can prove prohibitively expensive for banks, such as women in rural areas. Despite the strong growth of the mobile financial services (MFS) market, only 6% of women have MFS accounts.   Continue reading

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force

SriLanka-SocialMedia-7803Pushpa drops her youngest son off at the day care centre at St. Theresa’s Church in Thimbirigasaya every day. The 37-year-old then heads to work as a maid. There are days when this routine becomes impossible. If her child is feverish, for instance, the day care won’t accept him because he may infect the other children.

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Towards a cleaner Bangladesh: Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all

Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of.  In countries across Asia, Africa and lgsp1Latin America, a consensus has emerged that the best approach is Community-Led Total Sanitation, which is widely credited with changing people’s behavior around the world to no longer defecate in the open, which has greatly improved global health.
Bangladeshis can take plenty of pride in these far-away accomplishments. That’s because it is Northern Bangladesh – more specifically the Mosmoil village in Rajshahi district – that pioneered this approach seventeen years ago. Its success at home led to its widespread adoption abroad.

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eC2:Sector Diagnostic in Bangladesh Industrial Sector for Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Deadline: 30-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Energy India

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.

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World Bank Helps Bangladesh Improve Water and Sanitation Services in Chittagong

On August 6, 2017, The government of Bangladesh signed an additional $47.50 million Bangladesh partnershipfinancing agreement with the World Bank to continue construction of new water infrastructure in Chittagong, and provide access to safe water to around 650,000 inhabitants in the city.

The additional financing to the Chittagong Water Supply Improvement and Sanitation Project will help the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) to complete constructing the Modunaghat Water Treatment Plant and Patenga Booster Pumping Station, as well as to install 60 km of new water transmission pipeline and rehabilitate another 73 km pipeline from Kalurghat to the Patenga Booster Pumping Station.

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Flooded rivers: taking a bird’s eye view

Floodplains are attractive areas for development, with over 2 billion people living within the world’s 10 largest river basins. Yet, they are also at particular risk from overflowing rivers. Globally, river floods affect more than 21 million people. By 2030, due to climate change, population growth, and rapid urbanization, this number could rise to 54 million.

How can we enjoy the benefits these locations bring, without putting ourselves at unnecessary danger from floods?

While it is impossible to fully eliminate flood risk, actions can be taken to minimize the impact.

A proactive river basin-wide approach to flood risk management may be one of the solutions.

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Bangladesh: A STEP towards better Employability

To ensure better employment opportunities for the Bangladeshi labor force, in both local

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and overseas job markets, skills development and vocational education has to be aligned with the market demand. The Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) aims to strengthen public and private training institutions to improve the quality of skills training and employability of trainees, both at home and abroad, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Challenges

Bangladesh economy has been registering steady economic growth of around 6 percent over the past decade.  As local and global economic shifts continue toward industry and services, demand for skilled manpower is expected to rise at home and abroad. A labor-surplus country, the Bangladesh government is increasingly focusing on workforce development through technical and vocational education training (TVET). This is a timely response as the country prepares to accommodate and capitalize on the ongoing demographic dividend. However, poor training quality, low employability and inadequate wages plague the TVET sector, requiring interventions for addressing these issues.

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