Sneak Peek: a new observatory for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Three years into the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, the Latin America and imagen_060-webCaribbean (LAC) region is “on track to achieve universal access by 2030,” according to the 2018 UN SDG6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation.

However, important challenges remain to reach SDG6 in LAC. Safe water and sanitation coverage levels are currently below the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets of achieving improved coverage levels. The statistical (coverage) or administrative information that LAC countries currently access fails to capture the new attributes of the SDGs, especially relating to the quality of services, wastewater treatment, and the adoption of hygiene practices, including hand washing. Moreover, the institutional arrangements along with diminishing sector investments cannot be adequately programmed with the type of information currently available.

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Towards a water security assessment in Latin America and Caribbean

Water Security is the new buzzword in the water sector… but what does it mean, really?waterkraan-nieuws-header And how is it applied to real life?

In a world of rapid changes, unequal water resources, polluted water bodies, growing demands, and increasing climate variability and climate change, our relationship with water is quickly shifting. For countries and governments, the term national water security means having adequate water, both in quantity and quality, to meet all demands of the population, the productive sectors and the environment, but also dealing well with extremes, and overall managing the resource adequately and efficiently.

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What does Urban Resilience mean in the Eastern Caribbean context?

When you think of a city, what comes to your mind? Skyscrapers? Subways? Crowds of castries_saintluica.jpgpeople jostling each other as they head to work? And what comes to mind when you think of an Eastern Caribbean island? Sun, sand, beaches paradise? Yet, Eastern Caribbean countries also have cities of thousands of people. In 2017, 35% of the Eastern Caribbean* population was urban: 221,000 out of 628,000 people lived in cities.
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eC2: END-OF-PROGRAM EVALUATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM FOR INNOVATION IN THE CARIBBEAN (EPIC)

Deadline: 17-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Assignment Description: infoDev is conducting an end-of-program evaluation of EPIC to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability of the program, as well as to extract lessons that can recommend effective operational approaches for the future implementation of entrepreneurship development programs in the region. The main objective of the assignment is to carry out an independent end-of-program evaluation of the EPIC program, in compliance with Trust Fund agreement.

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eC2: Building Energy Resilient Power Systems in the Caribbean

Deadline: 04-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)energy

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The World Bank is currently working with Saint Lucia (SLU) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in the Caribbean to help improve the resilience of the power systems of these two countries to extreme weather events that will become more severe due to climate change. The World Bank will offer similar support to three other OECS countries afterwards. These Terms of Reference (TOR) are for a Power System Engineering Consulting Firm to support the World Bank energy team by conducting an assessment of the impacts of past storms (2 -3) on the power systems of SLU, SVG, St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), and Antigua and Barbuda (A&B), identifying key risks and vulnerabilities, and offering energy resilience enhancement recommendations associated with utility power generation assets as well as transmission and distribution systems. The consulting firm will also develop an investment plan with the estimated cost of these recommended measures.

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Deeper Integration Vital for Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Report Says

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 – A deeper economic integration among Latin American World Bank buildingand Caribbean countries will make the region more competitive in international markets and boost long-term growth, according to a new World Bank report.

Better Neighbors: Toward a Renewal of Economic Integration in Latin America, argues that a renewed integration strategy that takes advantage of the complementarities between regional and global economic integration can contribute to growth with stability. This is particularly relevant for a region that is just coming out of two years of recession.

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Latin America and the Caribbean: seizing a trillion dollar opportunity in climate investments

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on July 13, 2016.

Soon the world will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic climate agreement  Alessandra Bazan Testino / IFC signed in Paris in December 2015. The agreement will be implemented through country-led greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments known as their intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which to date have been submitted by 189 countries covering 95 percent of global GHG emissions.

Apart from signaling concrete commitments, these reduction targets also offer a clear signpost of the investment direction countries need to follow as the global economy steers towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient pathway. Estimates point to between $57 trillion and $93 trillion in new low-carbon, climate resilient infrastructure investment by 2030.[1] How developing countries evaluate and respond to their infrastructure needs will greatly determine their ability to meet GHG reduction commitments.

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Get connected with Latin-America & Caribbean

Accessing and finding tenders are one of the most time consuming activities when trying to work with financial institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). That is why the IDB has created the ConnectAmericas platform. The platform not only allows you to see the IDB tenders but also tenders from other Latin American & Caribbean companies who are looking for overseas partners.REDES SOCIALES BID

With the slogan “Take the world with your hands”, the goal of the platform is to foster the internationalization of companies, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by providing contacts, content (tenders), and financing options.

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eConsultant2: PPP Technical Assistance Services for the Caribbean

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the WBG, and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) are worpublic-Private-Partnershipking together to build regional government capacity in the field of infrastructure PPPs with the long-term goal being to create a Regional support mechanism that will promote high rates of growth and reduce poverty by enabling substantial PPP investments in infrastructure and service delivery.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 08-Sep-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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