World Desertification Day: Concerted Effort in Global Resilience to Turn Back Drought and Desertification

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  • Climate and disaster risks, including drought and desertification, threaten economic growth and development gains globally.
  • In response, the World Bank, governments, international agencies, and communities are working to develop operational and technical assistance in the most vulnerable regions.
  • With consistent, systematic, and collective effort, global achievements have and can be preserved and enhanced, however, critical intervention is required.

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Connecting Climate Change and Health for Better Development

Climate change is already having real, measurable impacts on human health, and those 1525609725_52c22eae3d_zimpacts are expected to grow. Low- and middle-income countries are seeing the worst effects as they are most vulnerable to climate shifts and least able to adapt given weak health systems and poor infrastructure. The good news is that the cumulative impacts of climate change on health have been extensively discussed for decades and understanding is growing.

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WBG Course: From Climate Science to Action

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About this course: Each part of the world faces specific vulnerabilities to climate change and has different opportunities to mitigate the effects and build resilience in the 21st century. With the ratification of the Paris Agreement, many countries have acceded to act in combatting climate change. Indeed, without climate action, decades of sustainable development is at risk, thus making this a ‘make or break’ point in time. Showcasing the most recent scientific evidence, explaining the different regional impacts and divulging climate action strategies, along with interactive tools such as a Carbon Footprint Tracker and (I) NDC Platform, this MOOC provides some opportunities, where you can take action on climate change.

Start date : 8 May – Register

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eC2:Technology Partner Required for Conversational Two-way Text Message Intervention to Improve Financial Behaviour in Zambia

Deadline: 09-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 

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DIME is a global program in the Banks Research Group that carries out Impact Evaluations (IEs) to test innovations and find solutions to make policy work. As a bridge between research and development operations, DIME provides a substantial knowledge contribution by generating high-quality evidence across a set of strategic development areas. The IE Text Messaging for Behavior Change in Zambia is part of the DIME program and aims to use a novel text-messaging-based intervention to: 1) identify behavioral barriers that lead to low engagement with formal financial services amongst those using the services; and 2) test strategies to help people overcome those barriers to increase engagement and financial security. To implement this IE, DIME is seeking proposals for a technology partner to operate a two-way conversational text-message system to improve savings account usage and improve loan repayment rates for financial sector clients in Zambia

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eC2:Identifying the Role of the Private Sector in Climate Change Adaptation in Honduras

Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The study will identify climate risks associated to the areas of intervention for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in the country that are relevant to the private sector (water management and infrastructure, agriculture and food security, meteorological knowledge management and climate data). Based on the identified risks, the study will consider how the private sector, including commercial banks, can protect themselves from those climate risks as well as deliver essential products and services to help communities and businesses tackle climate challenges. The study will also analyze the existing enabling environment and market barriers that prevent the private sector from engaging in climate adaptation. Moreover, the study will identify potential private sector investments.

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Charting a path to valuing the world’s most precious resource

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Most people agree that water is an extremely valuable resource—for farmers who depend on it to grow crops, for factories that need it to cool machines and spin turbines and, of course for life itself. But unlike most other valuable resources, it’s hard to put a price on water. The very fact that water is so important to people, economies, and the environment means that it is tough to even agree on a common way of valuing it.

No less an economic mind than Adam Smith was stumped by this challenge. As he famously observed, “Nothing is more useful than water: but it will purchase scarcely anything. A diamond, on the contrary, has scarcely any use-value; but a very great quantity of other goods may frequently be had in exchange for it.”

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eC2:Climate change impacts on the transport sector on Lake Victoria and mitigation strategies

Deadline: 16-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Climate-Change-Story-Banner

The proposed study will investigate the risks created by lake level fluctuation now and under climate change for transport on and around Lake Victoria, and identify solutions to reduce these risks. It will answer the following questions: how would different lake water-level scenarios (e.g., overall increase, overall decrease, and status quo. and associated variation range) impact transport operations (port infrastructure and operations and access roads) given different scenarios on shipping demand growth? What could be good investment strategies given that we cannot predict future lake level fluctuation or transport demand on the lake?

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Increasing Salinity in a Changing Climate Likely to Alter Sundarban’s Ecosystem

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  • The salinity of river water and soil in Bangladesh’s low-lying southwest coastal region is increasing over time, and will aggravate further with sea-level rise in a changing climate.
  • The increase in salinity will reduce the Sunderbans’ key species Sundri, the forest’s highest-value timber species, and increase saline-tolerant species Gewa, Baen and Goran.
  • The progressive water salinization will change the availability of many freshwater fish species, thereby depriving the poor of their main source of protein, and adversely impacting the incomes of families. The poor populations that will lose freshwater fish species are about six times greater in number than those who will be gaining brackish fish species.

 

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Envisioning the global financial system in a decade

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4 unprecedented disruptions to the global financial system

Climate change, migration, correspondent banking and cybercrime are putting unprecedented and unforeseen pressures on global financial markets.

They aren’t just disrupting the global financial system, but also affect how we approach international development work.

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eC2: Building Resiliency to Climate Events in the Road Network of Paraguay

Deadline: 31-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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(i) Carry out a comprehensive vulnerability assessment in a selected road network to identify the spots or sections that are vulnerable to weather conditions and climate change and identify a set of actions that can be implemented through CREMA type contracts
(ii) Review the current road asset management system within the Ministry of Public Works to recommend a set of actions to internalize better risk reduction measures to climate events within the road project cycle.
(iii) Review current practices in the country and the sector to respond to climate related events and disasters with the objective to strengthen response measures in terms of processes, financing and human resources to reestablish connectivity and the conditions of the road network in light of the best practices globally and in the region.
(iv) Design a framework under which the results of the recommended actions to build resiliency in the road network would be measured against current practices in other sections

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