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 Hodeidah. 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.
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, 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.
New report by the World Bank’s Water Scarce Cities Initiative (WSC) shares the experiences of cities worldwide that are building resilient water supply systems in increasingly water scarce environments.
By collaborating with urban water practitioners, global thought leaders, and institutions, the report makes the case for shifting the existing paradigm, and demystifies solutions for improved urban water scarcity management.
The report provides an up-to-date and innovative first-hand look into how water scarce cities are taking fate into their own hands, from exploring new ways to manage water to building resilience to severe droughts.
Deadline: 04-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank is hiring a firm or organization to implement a detailed diagnosis, design business models and financial instruments, and provide policy recommendations to speed up clean bus implementation in 5 cities: Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Montevideo, Santiago, Sao Paulo. The consultancy firm will have to develop a detailed diagnosis, including i) detailed market study, including a diagnosis of supply and demand of bus financing, ii) a detailed investigation of bus operations, concessions agreements and procurement practices that hinder or facilitate the sector, iii) and the current regulations/subsidies schemes in each of the cities, defined both at local and national levels. From this diagnosis, the firm will design business models, propose financing mechanisms, provide policy recommendations, and training to relevant counterparts to disseminate the results and support the implementation of projects.
Ever notice how cities can really encapsulate many of the things that make life enjoyable? Green spaces to enjoy the outdoors, access to jobs, affordable housing for all, a well-connected public transportation system, access to healthy food, schools for all children, and so on. Some cities achieve this better than others, but creating a city that works for all of its citizens can be a challenge for governments and communities alike.
Why? Let’s look at some numbers: Up to 1 billion people living in slums in the cities of the world are in need of better services; Cities consume 2/3 of the world’s energy and account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; 66 out of 100 people will live in cities by 2050, which tells us the global population is becoming increasingly urban.
The global productivity slowdown, increasing climate and disaster risks, among other factors, have brought unprecedented challenges to poverty reduction and economic growth.
Amid rising uncertainties, cities can provide renewed sources of growth to help improve livelihoods, drive growth, and build a sustainable future for all.
The World Bank is working with countries worldwide to ensure that cities and metropolitan regions excel in the three critical roles they play—matchmakers, drivers, and anchors—for people and businesses alike.
Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the data reveals some of the challenges we face but also the progress we’ve made toward a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Here are 12 charts that help tell the stories of the year.