After 20 Years of Isolation, Congolese Cities and Urban Centers Experience a Revival

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  • Much of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast territory is poorly connected.
  • For many such as Christine Monga, a businesswoman in Buta, communication between Kinshasa, the capital, and other provincial cities is challenging with access to rural areas near impossible.
  • To address this situation, the International Development Association (IDA) is financing the Pro-Routes Project that has already rehabilitated over 2,400 kilometers of priority roads.

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eC2:JOBS ESTIMATION FOR A SME VENTURE FUND IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

Deadline: 06-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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We are looking for the consulting firm that has a practical experience in job estimation analysis. A solid background in Africa’s fragile and post-conflict countries as well as knowledge of various value chains are among the key selection criteria.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Woman Entrepreneur in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

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  • As a fragile state, the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to two different types of women entrepreneurs — necessity and growth-oriented.
  • Key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs include limited access to finance, lack of support services, inadequate regulations, social prejudices, disproportionate family responsibilities, and lower rates of education.
  • Gender-focused reforms, a growing leasing market, and a new generation of training programs targeting women entrepreneurs can contribute to promoting a vibrant and supportive environment for entrepreneurs in the country.

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Forests: Stabilizing Climate and Supporting Development

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  • Over 100 countries included actions related to land-use change and forests in their nationally determined contributions to fight climate change
  • Investing in forests has the potential to reduce poverty, drive sustainable development and provide vital local and global environmental services
  • The World Bank Group supports forest initiatives in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique that can help these countries meet their climate and development goals

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Health Systems Strengthening – Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of Africa’s most rapidly growing economies. Since 2010 economic growth has exceeded the average for Sub-Saharan Africa by two percentage points, projected to reach over 10% growth in 2015. However, the DRC has some of the worst health and nutrition indicators in the world and is ranked last (#187) in the 2013 Human Development Report. As such, the DRC is not on track to achieve any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially those related to Maternal and Child Health.

The higher level objective to which this project would contribute is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the health system in order to improve human development outcomes. Improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, in turn, should boost confidence in these systems and may lead to an increase in overall investment in the social sectors.

Development Objective

The proposed project development objective is to improve utilization and quality of maternal and child health services in targeted areas.

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