Afghanistan – The Canal that Brought a Neighborhood Back to Life

This article was originally published on the World Bank website.

  • The rebuilding of a canal has brought life back to a rural neighborhood in Balkh Province, reviving arable land as well as allowing residents to supplement their income by growing their own vegetables.
  • The reconstruction sub-project was made possible through the National Solidarity Program, the government’s flagship program for rural development.
  • The National Solidarity Program is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and receives funding from a number of donors, including the World Bank and the (Dutch-funded) Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF).

Jamshid and Basit are happily enjoying themselves around in and around the canal. “Now that the canal is paved, we can easily fill our buckets and carry the water home.”

Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project

Lao PDR has made steady and significant progress on key population health outcomes over the past few decades. Life expectancy has increased to almost 68 years in 2012, up from 49 years in 1980. The mortality rate for children under the age of five has also declined significantly over the same period: from 201 per 1,000 live births in 1980 to 71 in 2013. Notable progress has been made in improving maternal health, with maternal mortality decreasing from 1,600 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 220 in 2013. The total fertility rate has also declined steadily from an estimated 6.0 births per woman in 1990 to 3.2 in 2013.
The gains in nutrition have been smaller. In Lao PDR, 44 per cent of children under five years of age (around 417,000) are stunted (low height for age), 27 per cent are underweight and 6 per cent are wasted (low weight for height).
Given this background, on Tuesday June 23, the World Bank Board of Directors is considering the Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project. The project involves a total World Bank grant and credit of $26.4 million.

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Impact Evaluation Climate Resilient Agriculture & Food Security – Bangladesh

IFC Bangladesh intends to conduct an impact evaluation of the PPCR- Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Security project. It will conduct a longitudinal assessment involving baseline, midline, and endline surveys of farmers and agribusinesses involved in the project. Analysis will include a comparison scenario of the control and the treatment group, before and after interventions effect, and a forecasting trend of the outcome.

Components: 1) Capacity building of lead firms (agribusiness) to better cope with climate change risks in the supply chain; 2) Capacity building of farmers to better cope with climate change induced production risks; 3) Cyclone Index Insurance

See full tender here: Impact Evaluation Climate Resilient Agriculture & Food Security – Bangladesh

Expression of Interest Deadline: 23 November 2014