A quick scan of the headlines tells you everything that those of us working in international development already know: today’s world is not business as usual. In just a few short years, the global landscape has transformed in a way that very few of us could ever have anticipated.
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The Future of Government: What does it mean for infrastructure finance?
Recognizing that governments across the globe find themselves at an important inflection point—with overlapping crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, sharp economic slowdown, and the effects of climate change that will touch us all—the World Bank recently launched a report on The Future of Government.
Empowering local people to engineer their own futures: a new infrastructure planning approach
Climate change is challenging our status quo as the frequency of extreme weather events keeps increasing. Water scarcity could cost some regions up to 6% of GDP and floods could force hundreds of millions of people from their homes by 2050. At the same time, we’re facing a $15 trillion infrastructure finance gap.
A green reboot for cities: Strategies for post-COVID growth
municipalities are facing increased pressures to provide essential services while simultaneously coping with dramatic revenue declines. The situation is particularly severe in emerging markets where resources are sparse.Thousands of
eC2: Smart Grid Infrastructure in Developing Economies: Emerging Experience and Guidance
Deadline: 23-Dec-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank is launching a competitive procurement process to select consultant services for a new assessment and guidance on smart grid infrastructure. The objective of this activity is three-fold: (i) to take stock of the status of existing smart grid infrastructure in the developing world, (ii) to assess the experience of a sample of WBG client countries with smart grid infrastructure deployment and implementation and identify barriers and emerging lessons, (iii) to develop detailed guidance and recommendations on how the World Bank Group may assist clients in the deployment of smart grid infrastructure (both transmission and distribution) to enhance core outcomes and emerging challenges (e.g., improve overall efficiency and quality of service, integrated variable renewable energy and distributed generation).
eC2: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -Improving Urban Resilience of Coastal Cities in the Caribbean through Resilient Infrastructure and Urban Planning
Deadline: 21-Oct-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective is to provide professional expertise to develop a comprehensive urban resilience plan for the select coastal cities in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, which aims to,
1.Study approaches for improving urban infrastructure planning to achieve resilience goals in coastal cities for the sustainable concurrence of the urban space with natural environment;
2.Help urban practitioners better understand the integration of green with existing grey infrastructure and contextually inform cities planning strategies; and
3.Forge an urban vision to identify infrastructure need and investment opportunities for the cities in the selected coastal areas.
Scope of Work: As part of the EU-GFDRR/WB Regional Resilience Program for LAC, the project will focus on carrying out diagnostic work related to urban resilience in selected coastal cities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The main obj. is to develop an integrated vision for building resilience and sustainability into infrastructure.
How Can We Increase Women’s Participation in Infrastructure Projects?
On construction sites, it is more common to see men working than women. With the aim of improving the gender balance in construction, the World Bank is implementing gender strategies in urban transport projects in Colombia. These have led to the increased participation of women in infrastructure projects.
Gender discrimination not only has a negative impact on women’s income; it also impedes companies and society from making use of the special skills that women contribute to the economy. The implementation of a gender equality strategy in the Bucaramanga Integrated Mass Transport System– Metrolínea – revealed the advantages of including women in this type of project and provided lessons that could be shared with other systems, sectors and projects.
In the pandemic, cities are scrambling to expand cycling infrastructure: Big Data can help
The coronavirus (COVID-19) and lockdown measures have created immense challenges for urban transport. But they also provide an opportunity for cities to rethink the future of mobility. Cycling, in particular, is enjoying renewed attention. This is not surprising, as biking offers many advantages that make it an attractive form of urban transport both during and after the pandemic: bicycles can ease the pressure on public transit systems, allow for easy social distancing, contribute to better public health, and reduce air pollution.
eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure
Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road, based on an assessment of hazards; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend technical and monitoring solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.
eC2: Community Mapping Urban Risks in Mwanza Tanzania
Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of this assignment is to inform the socio-economic exposure analysis of the TURP flood risk assessment for Mwanza city. This will be done by providing design and management of mapping campaigns in Mwanza from May October 2020 with a focus on three core mapping campaigns: i) Digitization services for 2020 building exposure updates; ii) Drainage infrastructure and river mapping; iii) Participatory Mapping of Unplanned Communities; iv) Household flood and rockfall historical incidents mapping.