Deadline: 09-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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
Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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.
Article published on http://www.worldbank.org.
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 . 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.”
Deadline: 16-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
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?
World Bank Group Blog
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.
Deadline: 31-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Description of the Assignment:
(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