Staying the course for women’s economic empowerment in MENA

The war in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time, eroding global economicshutterstock_bbstudiophoto_-_women_engineer prospects as much of the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the immediate impacts of the war has been the surge in commodity prices, raising concerns over food and energy security. Wheat prices have gone up by around 30%, hurting people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who live in countries that rely on imports from Ukraine or Russia. 

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eC2: Study on climate smart agriculture technologies and investment opportunities

Deadline:21-Apr-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water-tajikistan780x439

The objective of this assignment is to provide a toolkit for women regarding nature based solutions that the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development’s (DCED) Green Growth Working Group. The toolkit should support the development and growing market demand for affordable, gender-responsive, nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation and biodiversity in developing countries, and that women as entrepreneurs, business owners, workers and supply-chain actors – are particularly well positioned to help address this need.

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eC2: Study on climate smart agriculture technologies and investment opportunities

Deadline: 19-Apr-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) south_africa

The Government of South Africa has identified agriculture as one of the key sectors that could contribute to greening the economy due to its backward and forward linkages with job generation, food security, foreign export earnings and raw material production, making the sector an important engine for the growth of the rest of the economy. At the same time, this potential is significantly threatened by climate change . With more than 70 percent of its croplands relying primarily on rainfall for farming, existing cropping and livestock systems will be directly affected by expected climate induced changes in precipitation and temperature patterns. The agricultural sector is therefore one of the focal sectors of South Africas National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) that was promulgated in 2020 and of the countrys updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement . The adoption of climate smart agriculture technologies provides opportunities for sustainable intensification consistent with food security and development goals, and climate change adaptation and mitigation needs.

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How to Work with IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focusedlogo_ifc exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.


We utilize and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges. Working in more than 100 countries, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion in own-account investments and mobilization from third parties to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries in fiscal year 2021 (FY21).




eC2: Scaling Wind Country Profiles

Deadline: 07-Apr-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Wind turbine farm07-Apr-2022 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is seeking a Consultant to develop country-specific reports that identify potential areas for wind development using satellite mesoscale data and high-level E&S constraints mapping (Country Profiles). The Consultant will create 10-15 Country Profiles, which will facilitate IFCs business development efforts across the world.

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IDA20 Replenishment: Public invited to review draft Deputies’ Report

Ahead of the IDA20 Replenishment pledging meeting in Tokyo next month, the proposedd4e8b7bff7323bd5d2c9410c3cee7fb144e16f4cf726b09016227c1cc1051301 replenishment package is now at an advanced stage. At this meeting, the IDA20 Deputies’ Report will be tabled for endorsement by IDA Deputies and Borrower Representatives. Before this happens, the public is invited to review the draft IDA20 Deputies’ Report and provide comments before November 26. 

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For a Just Transition Away from Coal, People Must Be at the Center

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Trains filled with coal

  • If not phased out before 2040, coal will push the world closer to climate change catastrophe.
  • Experience has shown that the shift from coal can take decades and present not only economic and employment challenges, but social and cultural ones.
  • The Supporting Energy Transition in Coal Regions initiative provides advice and financing to countries that have made the decision to transition away from coal.

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Amid record sovereign debt, massive gaps in debt-tracking systems 

At a time when sovereign debt in the poorest countries has surged to dangerously high 9886d8b246b9c226327d1e906c537ccd3c7de91d8275774176d0142ea92aabb6 levels, global and country-by-country systems for tracking it are proving to be inadequate. A new report marks the first comprehensive assessment of the global and national systems for monitoring sovereign debt.


Manufacturing is key to development by building economic complexity throughdownload industrialization. As the manufacturing sector adds new capabilities to produce more products, participates in value chains, and adds process technologies, this results in more resources and materials being used. Circular economy models are necessary to replace the make, use and dispose linear production model.


The manufacturing sector is now focusing on its crucial role in conserving resources, eliminating waste, and transitioning into more regenerative business models where repairing, reusing, and recycling products replaces simply disposing of them.

The third IFC Global Manufacturing Conference will address the critical questions regarding Circular Economy and provide a dynamic forum for exploring the future of manufacturing.

Millions on the move: What climate change could mean for internal migration

When you think of climate migration, you probably think of people moving from one countrygroundswell_blog_20120218-niger-farhat-8040_1140x500 to another to escape rising seas or expanding deserts. And to some extent, you’d be right. But the fact is, the vast majority of climate migrants are actually moving within their country’s borders. 

The findings of our new Groundswell report forecast that there could be up to 216 million internal climate migrants globally by 2050.  Hotspots of climate migration may start to emerge as early as 2030, as people leave places that can no longer sustain them and go to areas that offer opportunities. The drivers of these migrations, according to the report, will be water scarcity, declining crop productivity and sea-level rise.

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