Cities, crowding, and the coronavirus: Predicting contagion risk hotspots

Across the globe, well-functioning cities do one thing really well – they bring people sketchtogether. Social and economic interactions are the hallmark of city life, making people more productive and often creating a vibrant market for innovations by entrepreneurs and investors. No country can achieve significant economic growth without vibrant cities.

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eC2: Addressing Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for Mass Transit Systems in Indonesian Cities

Deadline:  06-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

This consultancy assignment will support preparation of technical resilience building guidelines and standards for a proposed Indonesia Mass Transit Program; build staff capacity in the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing; and support sub-national governments in Bandung and Medan as two selected pilot cities of the IMTP. There are two key components: (i) technical report for national-level resilient urban mobility infrastructure planning, design, and operations; (ii) resilient urban mobility diagnostics and investment options for Bandung and Medan to help inform IMTP investments to better withstand hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, as well as better prepare local transport administrators and operators for disaster shocks.

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The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Hidden-wealth-of-cities

  • Many cities around the world are missing out on significant development opportunities by ignoring, under leveraging or mismanaging public-space assets.
  • There is enormous opportunity for smarter use of public spaces, and to unlock the “hidden” value they create for communities, neighborhoods, and cities.
  • “The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces” identifies a rich palette of creative and innovative strategies that every city can undertake to plan, finance, and manage both government-owned and privately-owned public spaces.

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Which Way to Livable and Productive Cities? : A Road Map for Sub-Saharan Africa

For African cities to grow economically as they have grown in size, they must create 9781464814051_pdfproductive environments to attract investments, increase economic efficiency, and create livable environments that prevent urban costs from rising with increased population densification. What are the central obstacles that prevent African cities and towns from becoming sustainable engines of economic growth and prosperity? Among the most critical factors that limit the growth and livability of urban areas are land markets, investments in public infrastructure and assets, and the institutions to enable both. To unleash the potential of African cities and towns for delivering services and employment in a livable and environmentally friendly environment, a sequenced approach is needed to reform institutions and policies and to target infrastructure investments. This book lays out three foundations that need fixing to guide cities and towns throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on their way to productivity and livability.

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Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.
  • A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.
  • The CURE Framework marks an important milestone in the partnership between the World Bank and UNESCO on culture, urban development, and resilience.

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eC2: Investment Funding Mechanisms and Institutional Set-up Options for a National Urban Flood Risk Investment Program for Indonesian Cities

Deadline: 09-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank is supporting the Government of Indonesia to address critical urban indonesiaflood risk management and investment needs in Indonesia. This technical assignment will assist with the development of a conceptual framework design for a national urban flood risk reduction investment program, which could comprise risk reduction investments, technical capacity building, knowledge sharing, and innovation generation. The key output will be a conceptual framework and sustainable implementation model for the proposed program that addresses the identified needs through proposed financial and organizational arrangements; makes recommendations for any needed regulatory/institutional/financial arrangements; and propose an overall action plan and timeline to put the program into effect. The team will be expected to provide technical advice on public financial management, municipal finance, disaster risk management, flood risk management, and urban development.

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eC2: Green Infrastructure Design: Vietnam Scaling up Urban Upgrading Project

Deadline:  10-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment aims to provide capacity building support and technical assistance to thseven participating cities in the Mekong Delta under World Bank SUUP Project to incorporate green infrastructure principles to urban planning and infrastructure design. Main tasks include review of Vietnamese legal and regulatory framework on green infrastructure design and development, assessing baseline and needs in the cities, sharing global experiences, review and advising on detailed infrastructure design, preparation of design guidelines, providing training, and recommendations of incorporating green infrastructure principles and design into various city plans and regulations.

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eC2: Universally Accessible Infrastructure Design: Vietnam Scaling up Urban Upgrading Project

Deadline: 10-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment aims to provide capacity building support and technical assistance to Thailandseven participating cities in the Mekong Delta under World Bank SUUP Project to incorporate universal accessibility to urban planning and infrastructure design. Main tasks include review of Vietnamese legal and regulatory framework on universally accessible infrastructure design and development, assessing baseline and needs in the cities, sharing global experiences, review and advising on detailed infrastructure design, preparation of design guidelines, providing training, and recommendations of incorporating universally accessible infrastructure principles and design into various city plans and regulations.

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eC2: Strengthening Natural Hazard Resilience in Yemen’s Major Cities

Deadline: 14-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank will carry out a multi-hazard assessment in Sanaa, Aden and 2286002741_fdde7127e5_bHodeidah. These cities are exposed to hazards such as coastal and urban floods, seismic activity, tsunamis, volcanoes and water scarcity.
The consultancy will develop hazard maps, assessing individual hazards and their interdependence. The assessment will provide spatial insight into the hazards footprints in the form of fully licensed, GIS compatible datasets. It will gauge the exposure of each of the cities to hazard risks, considering their location, attributes, and when possible vulnerabilities and the value of their assets.

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How can we help cities provide the building blocks for future growth?

Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes… Access to clean drinking water and sanitation can improve children’s health,childrens_play_ground_in_a_public_park_-_by_ngoc_tran-shutterstock-resized reduce waterborne disease, and lower the risk of stunting. Street lighting can improve the safety of a community, reduce gender-based violence, and add productive hours for shops and economic activities, which can help people escape poverty.  A paved road can lead to a world of possibilities for small business owners, increasing access to additional markets and suppliers, as well as opportunities to grow their businesses.

The urban infrastructure finance gap
Cities already account for approximately 70-80 percent of the world’s economic growth, and this will only increase as cities continue to grow. In the next 35 years, the population in cities is estimated to expand by an additional 2.5 billion people, almost double the population of China. As a vital component for connectivity, public health, social welfare, and economic development, infrastructure in all its forms – basic, social, and economic – is critical for the anticipated urban growth.

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