Breaking Down Barriers: Unlocking Africa’s Potential through Vigorous Competition Policy

  • A new report finds that reducing the price of food staples by 10% could lift nearly half a million people out of poverty in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia alone.
  • African countries have much to gain from promoting competitive markets. Cartels, anticompetitive business practices, and rules that shield markets from competition are significant issues that increase prices for a variety of products.
  • Competition authorities have made progress in recent years, but many challenges remain. A starting point is to remove barriers to competition in critical sectors, such as cement, fertilizers and telecommunications.

eConsultant2: Global Study on Climate Resilient Water Supply and Sanitation

Deadline: 17-Dec-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The aim of this study will be to identify the current
good/Senegal-Woman-at-Well-800best practices for climate resilient WSS. The selected consultant will be expected to identify common climate change scenarios that have affected/will affect water utility capacity for delivering services and identify more than one good practice per climate scenario (from both developed and developing countries).

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World Bank Webinar: ‘Unleashing Private Investment in Renewable Energy’

evd__8324What solutions already exist and what needs to be done to stimulate further private sector investment in renewable energy?

At the 9th of October, a panel of global and regional investors, a renewable energy developer, and a senior government official will discuss how success can be scaled; and explore the specific actions to leverage public energy financing for scaled up private flows. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will open the discussion in a moderated conversation with Norway’s Foreign Minister Mr. Børge Brende.

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“Universal health coverage in a generation is achievable”

This article was published on September 15 on the World Bank website.

As the father of four children, I know nurse-cleans-newborn-sierra-leone-hospitalhow important access to good, quality health care is. All parents aspire to be able to provide the same for their children. That’s why we at the World Bank Group are working with our partners around the globe to make universal health coverage a reality for all.

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WB Event – The Big Push toward Universal Health Coverage: Metrics, Data, and Impact

Date: October 26, 2015

The developing world—and some parts of the 62049 - IPC-001465developed world too, including the United States—is in the midst of a big push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). There is, however, confusion about what UHC means and how to measure it. As a result it is unclear how far countries are from reaching UHC, and the degree to which different UHC-inspired reforms have actually helped move countries towards UHC. Continue reading

WB Job opening: Senior Agriculture Economist – Dakar, Senegal

Job Title: Senior Agriculture Economist
Job Family: Agriculture & Rural Development
Job Type: Professional & Technical
Grade: GG
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Recruitment Type: International Hire
Language Requirement: English [Essential]; French [Essential]
Closing Date: 20-Jan-2015

GFADR seeks a Senior Agriculture Economist to support its strategic, advisory, and operational work in Senegal and where needed elsewhere.  The Bank has a very active engagement on agriculture in Senegal, consisting of a significant portfolio of projects covering among other agricultural research, food security, agribusiness and value-chain development.  There is a very active policy dialogue and close coordination with other development partners.  Agriculture also figures highly in Senegal’s country partnership strategy.

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Call for nominations to select 7 new members of the WB Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition and Population

Public notice:

The World Bank Group recognizes the critically important role that civil society plays in policy dialogue, service delivery in global health and development. We are pleased to open the call for nominations to select 7 new members of the World Bank Group’s Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition and Population (WBG-CSCG-HNP or the Group). Continue reading

GAFSP Announces $107 Million in Grants to Fight Hunger and Poverty

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014—Partners in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) today announced $107 million in grants to five countries−Benin, Bhutan, Kenya, Laos PDR, and Timor Leste−for country-led initiatives to increase agriculture productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security.TF - GAFSP Continue reading

Netherlands and World Bank Group Join Forces for Clean Water & Sanitation

The Netherlands has had an intimate relationship with water for centuries. The fact is that large parts of the country are below sea level and if it didn’t focus on water research and technology the country would submerge. As a result of this relationship, the Netherlands is one of the most sophisticated countries when it comes to living and working with water, and solving the challenges that arise from it. This year, the country received that acknowledgement from the World Bank.

Signing Water MoUDuring this year’s World Bank annual meetings the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this end in Washington, D.C.

“Water is a Dutch policy priority,” said Ms. Ploumen. “This initiative confirms that the Netherlands has what it takes to successfully tackle the growing global challenges. It is a great opportunity for our country – together with Dutch businesses and knowledge institutions – to enhance its role as a global pioneer.”

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The World Bank Reorganization 2: Who does what?

In an earlier blog entry we published the new organizational structure of the World Bank after the change process, explaining the new Global Practices (GPs) and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs). But more than the organizational structure the change process also impacted both the role of WB country offices vis-à-vis Headquarters, as well as the role of the different World Bank Units. To further illustrate the roles of the different organizational units, recall the figure below.

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