How to follow @WorldBank #AMCS2020

Screenshot_2020-10-03 SplashWe’ve got you covered! Here’s a checklist that you can use to enhance your experience this year. So, start planning. Here are six ways to follow and engage with what our World Bank Group activities at the Annual Meetings have to offer.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events that we’ll be live streaming:

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2020 Annual Meetings

The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc around the world and dealt a major setback to WBLdecades of development outcomes.

Taking place fully virtually this year, the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings will center around “Supporting a Resilient Recovery.” Leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with a diverse group of experts, will discuss the path ahead for developing countries.

The Meetings will take place from October 12 to 18.

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How AI can help developing countries rebuild after the pandemic

Technology has been a lifeline to developing countries during the COVID-19 crisis, helping to ug-business owner uses her phone for mobile banking-Anna Koblanck IFCmaintain essential services and keep companies in business. It has also offered a glimpse of a brighter future, one in which gains in income and employment are driven by technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Even before the pandemic, commercial uses for AI were expanding rapidly in emerging markets, in fields ranging from manufacturing and energy to education and financial services. The necessary lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by countries have accelerated that trend. Companies like Clinicas de Azucar in Mexico are using AI to analyze data and improve health outcomes for thousands of at-risk diabetic patients. In India, 1mg uses AI to help customers compare prices for medical services from different labs.

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eC2: Climate Assessment of Agricultural Certification Programs

Deadline:  21-Sep-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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IFCs Strategy is to contribute to CSA by providing investments and advisory operations that contribute to these three pillars of CSA. One possible way of doing this is by using appropriate agribusiness certification programs to ensure that climate-smart standards are being achieved. In order to use crop certifications as a proxy for climate co-benefits, IFC needs to assess whether the referred certification programs and their audit protocols are sufficient to conclude that agribusiness practices contribute to mitigation of, or adaptation to climate change, as defined by the IFCs Definitions and Metrics for Climate-Related Activities. In this context IFC intends to contract with a respected, knowledgeable third-party organization that will review popular crop certification programs and provide a clear assessment and recommendation of which certification programs would also imply positive climate impact (mitigation and/or adaptation)

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Calling all innovators with sustainable cooling solutions!

IFC’s award-winning match-making program, TechEmerge, has launched its new unnamedSustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia) to drive innovation in climate-smart, energy-efficient cooling technologies, products, and services, where it’s needed most. Phase one focuses on Latin American cities, specifically those in Mexico and Colombia, and will match innovators from across the world with leading local companies and municipalities to pilot projects and build commercial partnerships. Click here to respond to our open call. Applications close September 18, 2020.

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Join the Webinar

Learn about the benefits of joining the Tech Emerge Sustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia), how to apply to our open call, our match-making process, market opportunities, pilot funding, and the valuable support participants receive from our panel of respected industry advisors. We have two timeslots designed to make it easy for you to participate, no matter where you are located.

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August 18, 2020
11:00 AM -12:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

August 19, 2020
9:00 PM -10:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

Calling all innovators with sustainable cooling solutions!

IFC’s award-winning match-making program, TechEmerge, has launched its new unnamedSustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia) to drive innovation in climate-smart, energy-efficient cooling technologies, products, and services, where it’s needed most. Phase one focuses on Latin American cities, specifically those in Mexico and Colombia, and will match innovators from across the world with leading local companies and municipalities to pilot projects and build commercial partnerships. Click here to respond to our open call. Applications close September 18, 2020.

APPLY NOW

Join the Webinar

Learn about the benefits of joining the Tech Emerge Sustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia), how to apply to our open call, our match-making process, market opportunities, pilot funding, and the valuable support participants receive from our panel of respected industry advisors. We have two timeslots designed to make it easy for you to participate, no matter where you are located.

unname

August 18, 2020
11:00 AM -12:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

August 19, 2020
9:00 PM -10:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

Calling all innovators with sustainable cooling solutions!

IFC’s award-winning match-making program, TechEmerge, has launched its new unnamedSustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia) to drive innovation in climate-smart, energy-efficient cooling technologies, products, and services, where it’s needed most. Phase one focuses on Latin American cities, specifically those in Mexico and Colombia, and will match innovators from across the world with leading local companies and municipalities to pilot projects and build commercial partnerships. Click here to respond to our open call. Applications close September 18, 2020.

APPLY NOW

Join the Webinar

Learn about the benefits of joining the Tech Emerge Sustainable Cooling program in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia), how to apply to our open call, our match-making process, market opportunities, pilot funding, and the valuable support participants receive from our panel of respected industry advisors. We have two timeslots designed to make it easy for you to participate, no matter where you are located.

unname

August 18, 2020
11:00 AM -12:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

August 19, 2020
9:00 PM -10:30 PM EST
Virtual – Webex

eC2: Malishi – Ag Tech

Deadline:  27-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Mali Shi is a new entrant in the global shea sector in Mali. Its founders opened the Bamako-headquartered company after gaining many years of experience in the industrial manufacturing sector, where they are leading experts in the manufacture and distribution of batteries. IFC Mali Shi Advisory Project is designed to enhance Mali Shis operational efficiencies through the introduction of digital tools (Ag Tech), thereby improving smallholder farmers (SHFs) productivity and income. By the end of the project, we expect 10,000 SHFs to be engaged with AgTech solutions. Malishi, with IFC support, is seeking for a Consulting firm to help introduce IT based system to help Malishi to procure shea nuts and strengthen its relationships with local farmers, assist farmers in managing their farm, provide traceability, improve efficiency in onsite data collection including crop forecasting, and strengthen sustainability of the project.

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eC2: Market Assessment of the Temperature-Controlled Logistics (TCL) in Thailand

Deadline: 10-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)logistics_management_information_system_sarah_farhat

This Assignment is a market study for TCL services sector in Thailand. TCL services would include transportation/storage/distribution, together with other value-added services, of food/perishable products in a temperature-controlled environment.

The main objectives of the Assignment are to:
i. determine the existing and future demand and supply for TCL services along the entire value chain for several sub sectors requiring such services such as agribusiness, supermarkets, dairy, meats, quick foods, seafood, pharmaceuticals etc. and the extent of inhouse versus independent TCL service providers (3PL players) in this space
ii. carry out a comprehensive analysis of the margin structure and economics of the value chain
iii. determine the key constraints and growth drivers for these services as well as for increased outsourcing of such services to 3PL players, and
iv. recommend strategies which could be followed for establishing a new TCL service operation in Thailand, especially private sector involvement and help IFC identify leading operators in this space, that may be candidates for potential financing to support their growth plans.

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eC2: Offshore Wind Financing for Emerging Markets

Deadline: 03-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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The objective of this assignment is to assist IFC staff (primarily investment, credit and management) in understanding: 1) differences between offshore wind and onshore solar/wind/hydro projects in terms of risks, challenges, contractual structures, studies and financing structures, and; 2) potential project financing structures for offshore wind in emerging markets and how IFC can best mitigate any associated risks. Note that the analysis of current projects will focus on fixed foundation rather than floating or intertidal/nearshore projects. The analysis of future projects will consider floating, although to a lesser extent than fixed.

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